|Ilex ‘Handsworth New Silver’|
Holly produces beautiful dense foliage, a few trimmings of which can be used in festive wreaths. The waxy evergreen foliage makes a great backdrop to other plants; it can also be easily trimmed into a ball or pyramid shape or used as a hedge.
There is a good range of variegations, some varieties with smooth edged leaves and others with serrated and with gold, cream or silver edges.
Ilex is generally trouble free, it is easily trimmed so can be maintained at the height you want although it could become the size of a small tree over 30 years, but most people keep them to around 2m (7 ft) at the back of a border.
It can grow in almost any light position from full sun to shade and most soils except very wet.
By planting a male variety such as Silver Queen with a female variety (Golden King) you will get berries on the female. Do check on the variety as the sex of the plant may not be what you would expect by the name. The dense foliage gives an excellent roosting and nesting place for small birds whilst the berries will provide food in the autumn for blackbirds.
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