Common holly, Ilex aquifolium, is a useful evergreen shrub that can be grown as a specimen tree, clipped bushes or as a hedge. There are dozens of varieties, many with variegated leaves. Plants are either male or female, and only the female plants bear berries. Both sexes are required for the female plants to produce berries, which appear from late autumn to mid-winter.
For best results grow Ilex aquifolium in moist but well-drained soil, in sun or shade. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Plant type: Native shrub
Flower colour: White
Foliage colour: Dark green
Feature: Flowers, Fruit, Attractive to wildlife
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: October to March
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