Posted: 28/10/2012 at 08:37
I have a holly hedge and weeds seem to manage very well under there. As you can imagine it's a pain to clean up so we're going to have on last good go and then put down weed suppressant fabric and chipped bark.
If your holly is a tree or large bush and you can raise the crown by removing lower branches you should be able to get some plants growing. Improve the soil with a thick mulch of good garden compost and or well rotted manure now and leave it till spring to plant up with things like geranium macrorhizum which copes well with dry conditions, has pretty white or pink flowers in May and scented foliage which is usually evergreen. It turns a glorious red in autumn and lasts through winter. You just need to pull or cut off the tatty bits on spring.