Ilex

Ilex

Ilex or Holly

Holly plants are versatile and diverse shrubs that can be used for a variety of gardening needs. These dense evergreen planters come in a selection of different colours, making them ideal if you want to inject a touch of colour into your landscape. However, holly, or ilex as it is also known, is not just used for its iconic prickly aesthetic - it also makes for great screen hedging. Creating a living barrier and providing privacy for your home and garden, the thick and dense foliage of a holly hedge offers constant cover and shelter throughout the year. 

Holly hedging is also an ideal option if you are keen on attracting wildlife to your garden. Their flowers draw bees and butterflies to your outdoor space, while a host of birds and small garden animals will appear in autumn when berries begin popping up. The dense nature of holly hedging makes it a perfect nesting site for birds during winter, offering shelter and protection with its prickly leaves acting as a deterrent for potential predators.  

Where to Site Your Holly

Holly are beautiful  specimen shrubs and should be situated at the back of the border and makes a lovely English Hedge.

How to Grow and Look After you Holly

Generally, holly will grow in most different soil types, but it does tend to struggle in overly moist, waterlogged areas. When planting new holly hedges, we recommend using a combination of soil and compost to provide the plant with as many nutrients as possible during its early life. While it’s true that holly doesn’t like soil that is too moist, it is important to water regularly, particularly during the warmer summer months. It’s also worth noting that holly hedging develops best in full view of the sun or partially shaded areas.

You’ll have to be patient if you want to grow a tall holly from scratch. Holly plants are a slow growing option, typically increasing in height by only six to nine inches each year.

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  1. Ilex Gold King 3 Litre Pot
    £5.35
    Ilex Gold King bushy female holly that has dark green leaves, splashed with grey-green in the centre with bright yellow margin that turns cream on older leaves Learn More
  2. Ilex Ferrox Argentea 3 Litre Pot
    £5.35
    Ilex Ferrox Argentea Unusual evergreen holly with it's silver margined prickly ridged leaves with contrasting purple shoots.. Learn More
  3. Ilex Emoji 3 Litre Pot
    £8.00
    Ilex Emoji New evergreen variegated holly for a feature shrub. Glossy green leaves bronze when young. Maturing to green and silver. Learn More
  4. Ilex Aquifollium Ingramii 3 Litre Pot
    £9.30
    Ilex Aquifollium Ingramii is a New evergreen variegated holly for a feature shrub or very prickly barrier hedge. Unusual spikey foliage that starts very pink and matures to white and green turning reddish pink in winter at the tips. Learn More
  5. Ilex crenata fastigiataRoot Ball 80-100cm
    £26.00
    Ilex Crenata Fastigiata -Japanese box leaved holly - a bushy evergreen shrub with minutely scalloped glossy green leaves (without prickles) has a lovely upright shape Learn More
  6. Ilex Gold King Root Ball 60/80cm Digging Now
    Special Price £41.04 Regular Price £45.60
    Ilex Gold King bushy female holly that has dark green leaves, splashed with grey-green in the centre with bright yellow margin that turns cream on older leaves. Plant 2 per metre Learn More
  7. Holly Gold King Potted Root Ball 100/120cm
    Special Price £55.66 Regular Price £61.85
    Ilex Gold King bushy female holly that has dark green leaves, splashed with grey-green in the centre with bright yellow margin that turns cream on older leaves. Most of the bush is at 80-90 cm with a thinner leader at 120cm. Plant 2 per metre Learn More
  8. Holly or Ilex Argentea Marginata Root Ball 120/130cm
    Special Price £56.56 Regular Price £62.85
    Ilex Aquifolium Argentea Marginata - variegated foliage. Nice bushy field grown root balled plants at 120-130 cm to the top with the bushiest part up to 90 cm. Ideal for hedging or specimens. Plant 2 per metre for a bushy hedge Learn More
  9. Ilex meserveae Heckenstar Ball 55 Litre Pot 50/60cm
    £177.60
    Ilex meserveae Heckenstar beautiful ball shaped holly with glossy green foliage Learn More
  10. Ilex meserveae Heckenfee Root Ball 200-230cm Extra Wide Heavy Bush
    Special Price £261.00 Regular Price £290.00
    This is a very large chunky plant and a different proposition to a pot grown example. It is not for the aged gardener with a bad back as they are very heavy to move. Plant 1 per metre for instant screening. Learn More
  11. Ilex meserveae Heckenstar Root Ball 200-210cm Extra Wide Heavy Bush
    Special Price £261.00 Regular Price £290.00
    This is a very large chunky plant and a different proposition to a pot grown example. It is not for the aged gardener with a bad back as they are very heavy to move. Plant 1 per 90cm for an instant holly hedge. Learn More
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