If you like rustic charm and relaxed, informal planting, this pot display is for you. With a traditional holly bush at the centre, and red berry lights for a little sparkle, you couldn’t wish for a more festive container recipe. You should find all these plants at your local nursery and it’s possible to plant the skimmias and stipas in the garden when they outgrow the display.
Put safety first: be sure to buy lights that are safe for outdoor use, which usually means they’ll have a transformer between the plug the first light of the string. The transformer converts the electricity to a lower voltage suitable for use outside, and must be positioned indoors. The wire on the ‘outdoor’ side of the transformer will be thin enough to pass through a window or door for a limited period, while still allowing it to close. Don’t plug into outdoor sockets if the transformer will be exposed.
Kevin Smith says…
If you don’t like the prickly nature of holly try osmanthus instead. It looks just like variegated holly, but without the severe prickles that can sometimes be painful. Wear gloves to protect your hands if needs be.