In brief

Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Plant Profile Holly -

What Shrubs and small trees grown for their or­na­men­tal, ev­er­green fo­liage. Ori­gin Europe, Asia and North Amer­ica. Many cul­ti­vars with var­ie­gated leaves are of gar­den ori­gin. Sea­son Fo­liage has year-round ap­peal, al­though hol­lies come into their own in win­ter when fe­male plants bear fruit. Size Vari­able in size from com­pact shrubs, such as Ilex cre­nata, with a height and spread of 90cm, to small trees over 6m high. Con­di­tions They grow on most, rea­son­ably moist but well-drained soils in sun or par­tial shade.

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