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Ilex aquifolium - 'Argentea Marginata' (Holly)

Type Tree, Hedging & Screening, Evergreen
Form Compact Rounded Tree, Architectural Form
Size Large Border / Screening Plant (1.8 to 3m height)
Colours Variegated green-silver Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance - Tough Plant
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Slow Growing Plant
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Ilex aquifolium - Cultivation Notes

Holly prefers a well drained yet fertile soil in full sun / part shade. Most are hardy yet slow growing making an excellent evergreen hedge. Prune to shape in autumn.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Ilex aquifolium:
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Ideal for fast growing screening
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Fruit / berry producing
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Suitable for hedging or topiary
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils
  • Suitable for planting in full shade
Weaknesses of Ilex aquifolium
  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers
Design & Plant Use for Ilex aquifolium:
  • Evergreen plant suitable for trimming to shape or topiary
  • Evergreen plant with attractive foliage for winter interest


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Ilex aquifolium - 'Argentea Marginata' (Holly)

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