Posted: 28/10/2012 at 10:08
In old house we had a very large holly.
I lifted the crown by removing the lower branches. It ended up looking like a tree. Then I tried all sorts of undercover.
In the end the most successful was cyclamen and I plalnted up about 8 erysinum (perrennial wallflower) Bowles variety and as they tolerate poor soils etc. They didn't die and gave easy to keep interest all year.
I grew them from own cuttings as they take very easily and don't take long to establish once planted out