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Holly hedge plants

Ilex aquifolium hedging

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Holly hedge plants (Ilex aquifolium) display glossy, dark-green, spiky foliage and shiny, red berries. The dense, attractive foliage of this evergreen hedging provides year-round interest with small white flowers appearing in spring, and the prickly leaves make Holly hedging an excellent option to use as an intruder deterrent hedge. Ilex aquifolium is a classic native hedge plant choice that secures this popular hedging plant a place in best4hedging's top 10. 

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  • Best Features: Dark-green evergreen prickly foliage, red berries, wildlife-friendly, native, RHS Hedging
  • Ideal For Hedges: 1-4m high
  • Growth Rate: Slow | 10-15cm a year
  • Position: Sunny or full shade (very good in shade), any moist or normal soil, exposed, inland or coastal.
  • Also Consider: Instead of an English Holly hedge, why not take a look at our other varieties of Holly hedging for a range of different foliage colours and sizes. 

*Please note, 1 bare root = 1 English Holly plant, not a bundle of plants.

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Holly hedge plants (Ilex aquifolium) description

Ilex Aquifolium, commonly known as English Holly hedge plants have an abundance of showy red berries that adorn the glossy green foliage in the autumn/winter, following the small spring flowers. Although Ilex aquifolium needs to be pollinated for berries to occur, this normally happens naturally in a hedging situation. Holly hedging is of great interest to wildlife, offering berries for birds to feed on and dense, evergreen foliage for a year-round shelter. Mistle thrushes in particular jealously guard the berries of any Holly tree that they make home, and are vocal protestors should another bird come near! Ilex aquifolium is also a source of food to many species of invertebrates, including the caterpillars of beautiful butterflies such as the Holly Blue.

It is important to note that we also stock Ilex aquifolium 'Alaska' which is another variety of Holly hedging, similar to Ilex aquifolium, but with a few added benefits. Ilex aquifolium 'Alaska' is hardier and bushier in habit with softer, brighter leaves and stems. Ilex aquifolium 'Alaska' hedges produce more berries and overall is a superior variety of Holly in all aspects except that it isn't native. If you specifically require the native holly variety, please let us know. Ilex aquifolium (English Holly) can be recognised for its purple stems and darker green, more prickly leaves.

Common uses of English Holly

Ilex aquifolium makes a striking feature in any garden and forms a good windbreak, intruder deterrent and privacy screen. It also makes the perfect shelter for wildlife providing protection from predators and from the elements, encouraging more native species to your garden. Due to the hardy nature of Holly hedge plants, including tolerance of pollution, they can be used for both coastal and city planting. As Ilex aquifolium is a native species, it also works wonderfully when planted to create an English cottage garden theme or for informal planting, as Holly hedge plants are a fantastic low maintenance choice.

Combine Holly hedging with

Ilex aquifolium can be grown as a standalone shrub or specimen tree, providing a vibrant colourful addition to your garden. It can also be mixed with other native hedging species to create a diverse hedge, adding an important evergreen element to the native mix.

Growth rate of Ilex aquifolium

Holly hedges plants have a slow growth rate of approximately 10-15cm each year. They will create a thick, decorative display reaching a height of up to 4m.

Care advice for Holly hedges

Ilex aquifolium only requires a light pruning once or twice a year, depending on the desired appearance. It is best to shape your Holly hedging when young in the springtime, and once matured, your English Holly can be pruned at any time. We recommended lightly trimming in either late winter or early spring. Please view our Hedging Care Advice page for further information.

Suggested planting density for Holly hedge plants

For information on the specific planting density of English Holly, please see the product table below. In the 'No. Per Metre' column, you will find our recommended plant density for each individual plant species and root type. You can find out more about hedge planting density here.

Holly hedge plants are available to buy year-round as Pot Grown and Cell Grown plants. Root balls are available for pre-order from late summer and delivered from early autumn. Bare rooted Ilex aquifolium is delivered between November-late April/early May and can be pre-ordered from mid-summer.

Nearly all of our Holly hedge plants are UK grown by experts with years of nursery growing experience. When we do find it necessary to source Holly hedging from outside the UK, we make every effort to ensure our suppliers are unbeaten on quality. At best4hedging, we endeavour to make certain that your Holly hedge plants arrive in the freshest condition and are of the highest quality, whilst sustaining our great prices. Rest assured, you can buy Ilex aquifolium online with total confidence in the service and products that you will receive.

Showing 20 of our total 185 reviews, with an average rating of 5 stars. Read all 185 reviews for Holly hedge plants.
Review Summary - 5 out of 5 based on 185 ratings.
March 29, 2021 | Miss Hartley
Holly hedge plants

Lovely hollies - bought 6 that are way taller than me, lovely and bushy to eventually form a partial hedge. We purchased a load of smaller ones a couple of years back from them and they're doing quite well although unfortunately some have since had some bunny damage, but now we've secured the fencing a lot better so hopefully these new ones won't fall prey to those cute, furry little plant munchers. The birds love hanging around on the hollies and will look stunning when they bush out into each other, give it a few years.

March 25, 2021 | Anonymous
Holly hedge plants

Excellent

March 24, 2021 | Andrew levett
Holly hedge plants

When I got them was fresh an up for planting

March 19, 2021 | Jenny Smith
Holly hedge plants

As Above

March 5, 2021 | Anonymous
Holly hedge plants

Very good quality plants, as described. They look strong and healthy.

February 27, 2021 | Anonymous
Holly hedge plants

As Above

February 27, 2021 | Dany G
Holly hedge plants

Excellent service from start to finish.

February 19, 2021 | Anonymous
Holly hedge plants

Very good, healthy holly trees

February 17, 2021 | Anonymous
Holly hedge plants

A good size so excellent for the few sections where screning was needed

February 16, 2021 | SHIRLEY LEGERE
Holly hedge plants

As Above

February 3, 2021 | Anonymous
Holly hedge plants

The plants were healthy and exactly what I wanted

January 27, 2021 | Anonymous
Holly hedge plants

As Above

January 16, 2021 | Anonymous
Holly hedge plants

As Above

January 2, 2021 | Josh Mason
Holly hedge plants

As Above

December 30, 2020 | Anonymous
Holly hedge plants

As Above

December 27, 2020 | Roger
Holly hedge plants

Excellent condition when arrived

December 27, 2020 | John Withnell
Holly hedge plants

As Above

December 21, 2020 | Tony Coombes
Holly hedge plants

some bushes look a little spindly but we will see how they grow

December 18, 2020 | Anonymous
Holly hedge plants

Great quality plants with good roots.

December 11, 2020 | Gareth Smith
Holly hedge plants

Poor

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