English Holly Hedge Plants

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Misc RHS AGM, Shrub, Wildlife Value
Shade Full Shade, Partial Shade
Area Coastal Areas, Exposed Windy Areas, Frost Pockets, Scotland & The North
Soil Good, Well Drained, Acidic, Alkaline/Chalky, Poor/Dry
Colour Red/Crimson
Type Evergreen, Hedging, Native, Screening
Also Good Berries, Foliage
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SIZES 1-10 11-5051-250251+
30/40 cm - Potted Plenty of Stock£6.72Plenty of Stock£5.40Plenty of Stock£4.80Plenty of Stock£4.44Plenty of Stock£4.08
40/60 cm - Potted Plenty of Stock£7.92Plenty of Stock£7.20Plenty of Stock£6.72Plenty of Stock£6.36Plenty of Stock£6.00
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Holly, Green (Potted) needs...
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    Acer campestre 40-175cms Hedge Plants Native. Likes chalk. Ideal country hedging. Other Sizes: Large

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Ilex aquifolium

Common Green Holly (Ilex aquifolium) is familiar to everybody and risks being taken for granted. Which would be a mistake: it is a special plant, holder of an RHS Award of Garden Merit, and here's why. Holly will grow into a beautifully shaped, medium-sized tree if left to its own devices, or it makes a dense and glossy hedge all year round. It makes the best possible wind break, due to its densely packed, stiff, and contoured leaves. It is a highly responsive plant for clipping into almost any formal shape. Add the fact that it is stock proof and can provide a lifetime's supply of Christmas wreaths and berries, and everyone should have some in their garden in one form or another. Simply one of the best all-round hedge plants that we grow and sell.

How to grow English Holly

Ilex aquifolium is so easy going, settling in well on all soils from acid to alkaline, sandy and dry to claggy clay. Holly will thrive in shade, on the coast, or next to the pollution of a busy road and, once established, is immune to long, hot, drought-ridden summers. It won't grow in the middle of a swamp, but it is fine next to one where the soil is wet most of the year and gets waterlogged periodically. 

Start small. Ilex and its varieties such as Variegated Silver Holly and the all female holly Ilex aquifolium Alaska (guaranteed to berry) will grow away much more strongly if started off young. The amazing textural effect it achieves can be contrasted with yew or laurel to create a tapestry hedge and then you have the added bonus in the winter of bright red berries. As with all evergreen hedges it is the perfect backdrop for a mixed and colourful herbaceous border - try to include some bright winter reds to tie in with the berries - Skimmia rubella, Cornus sibirica or Cornus alba spaethii would all be obvious choices. Hollies also lend themselves to having their lower trunk stripped of branches so that you end up with a lollipop; an avenue of these look stunning. Especially so if you use a variegated variety.

Young plants are a target for rabbits, and they like to chew straight through the stem. If rabbits are present, younger 40/60 and 60/80cms holly plants will need protection with spirals or tree guards for the first couple of years. Bigger sizes have thicker stems and are unlikely to be targeted by a rabbit with other options.


  • Size: 15 m as a tree
  • Soil: Any
  • Use: prickly hedging/topiary
  • Single Row: 3 per metre
  • Colour: dark green and shiny
  • Feature: red berries on female plants
Holly trivia

Holly wood is prized by fine furniture makers who use the pure white wood for inlay work. The bits of holly that you cannot use for furniture make good firewood. Mature holly bushes and trees are a popular habitat for many birds and insects, especially robins, thrushes and blackbirds who have a built-in berry canteen. And while nothing is immune to honey fungus, holly is on RHS list of resistant plants.

  • Small Box

    Small box

    (Orders containing only seedlings or rooted cuttings)


    including VAT per order


    For ORDERS
    Over £60 inc VAT

  • Standard box

    (Bareroots up to
    1.2m & plants in p9 pots)


    including VAT per order


    For ORDERS
    Over £60 inc VAT

  • Large box

    (Pots up to
    and incl. 7.5L)


    including VAT per order


    For ORDERS
    Over £100 inc VAT

  • Trees & Hedging

    (Bareroot plants and trees
    over 1.2 metres in height)


    including VAT per order


    For ORDERS
    Over £120 inc VAT

  • Pallets

    (Root balls, large pots,
    trees etc)


    including VAT per order


    For ORDERS
    Over £240 inc VAT

  • *Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.

Bareroot planting is best done between October and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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