Holly Hedging Plants

Ilex aquifolium, Common Holly Hedge

In the world of hedging, the resplendent charm of the holly hedge, scientifically known as Ilex aquifolium or English Holly, is a perennial favourite that has stood the test of time. With its iconic glossy leaves, vibrant berries, and enduring symbolism, the English Holly hedge is a beloved choice for both ornamental and functional landscaping, adding a touch of enchantment to outdoor spaces.

Ilex aquifolium, native to Europe and parts of Asia, is renowned for its distinctive features that set it apart as a quintessential hedging plant. The most striking characteristic of the English Holly is its leathery, glossy leaves, which boast a dark green hue and are adorned with spine-like serrations. These leaves create a visually appealing backdrop throughout the year, lending an evergreen charm that is especially appreciated during the winter months.

One of the English Holly’s most enchanting attributes is its vibrant red berries. Adorning the branches in late autumn and persisting through winter, these berries not only provide a pop of colour but also serve as a valuable food source for wildlife. The sight of a holly hedge adorned with these festive berries can evoke a sense of seasonal joy, making it a popular choice for holiday-themed landscapes.

Beyond its aesthetic appeal, Ilex aquifolium serves various functional purposes that make it a versatile hedging option. Due to its dense growth and prickly leaves, the English Holly hedge acts as an effective deterrent, providing a natural barrier that enhances privacy and security. This characteristic has made it a favoured choice for defining property boundaries and safeguarding gardens.

Establishing and maintaining an English Holly hedge requires attention and proper care. When planting, selecting well-established plants with a strong root system is essential for ensuring healthy growth. Adequate spacing between the plants allows for proper air circulation, reducing the risk of disease. Pruning, typically performed in late spring or early summer, helps maintain the desired shape and encourages bushier growth.

It is worth noting that the English Holly hedge requires both male and female plants for berry production.

In conclusion, the holly hedge, specifically Ilex aquifolium or English Holly, remains a timeless and captivating choice for hedging. Its glossy leaves, vibrant berries, and functional benefits make it a cherished addition to landscapes, lending a touch of elegance and natural beauty. Whether used to define boundaries, enhance privacy, or add seasonal charm, the English Holly hedge stands as a living testament to the enduring appeal of ornamental hedging in the world of gardening and landscaping.

Holly Instant Hedge 1m Long (90 Litres)

Ilex Aquifolium ‘Alaska’, ‘Common Holly’.

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  • Instant Impact
  • Plants are 160-180cm in height.
  • Recommended Planting Density – 1 per metre.
  • Native evergreen with prickly leaves.
  • Excellent hedging plants for formal & intruder deterrent hedges.
  • Slower growing requiring less maintainance once desired height is achieved.
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Growing Advice

  • Holly Hedge Planting Distances – Single row- 2 – 3 plants per metre
  • Evergreen Shrub – Dark Green prickly leaves – Red Berries
  • Features: Red Berries, Great for a formal security hedge
  • Likes full sun or partial shade
  • Soil Preference: any soil (except waterlogged)
  • Unsuitable for: Waterlogged soils
  • Average Growth rate: Slow 10 – 15cm per annum
  • Trimming: Late summer

All our Holly hedging plants are container grown and will have a fully intact and undisturbed root system. They will establish quicker than root-balled plants with fewer losses as there has been no disturbance to the root system.

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