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Holly hedge plants

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Ilex aquifolium hedging

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Holly hedge plants (Ilex aquifolium) display glossy dark-green, spikey foliage and red berries making a classic native choice that secures this popular plant a place in Best4hedging's top 10. The dense, attractive foliage of this evergreen hedging provides year-round interest, with small white flowers appearing in spring and the prickly leaves making Holly hedging a great option to use as an intruder deterrent hedge.

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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. 
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Holly hedge plants (Ilex aquifolium) description

Our 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 year-round shelter.

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 can be recognised for its purple stems and darker green, more prickly leaves.

Common uses of English Holly

Holly makes a striking feature in any garden and forms a good windbreak, intruder deterrent and privacy screen. Due to the hardy nature of Holly hedge plants, including a 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 these 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 spring time, 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 are 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.

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Holly hedge plants reviews

We ask all customers to provide their opinion to an independent feedback company. We cannot edit which comments appear and which do not, so the following reviews offer a true representation of our customers experience and we are very proud of our huge number of Excellent reviews. The comments on this page apply to this species/product specifically - to see the full feedback from all customers please visit Best4Hedging's Feefo profile.

Feedback for Holly hedge plants has been compiled from 39 customer reviews

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Holly hedge plants

  • Customer also bought: .... :
  • RHS Endorsed Rootgrow Mycorrhizal Fungi
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Plants look in good condition.
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Holly hedge plants

  • Customer also bought: .... :
  • Cherry Laurel hedge plants
  • Pyracantha coccinea 'Red Column' hedge plants
  • RHS Endorsed Rootgrow Mycorrhizal Fungi
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Holly hedge plants

  • Customer also bought: .... :
  • Ulex europaeus
  • Berberis x stenophylla hedge plants
  • Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea
  • Bone Meal Root Builder
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A little disappointed about the gorse but the rest where fine and would definitely buy from you again.
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Holly hedge plants

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healthy plants
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Holly hedge plants

  • Customer also bought: .... :
  • Portuguese Laurel hedge plants
  • RHS Endorsed Rootgrow Mycorrhizal Fungi
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The batch sent were nothing like the previous order received. BUT we rang the company and received replacements within 3 days, these were back to normal (and even a bit better) so full marks to the company for recognising their mistake and putting it right. For the final delivery the mark would be excellent.
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On 30-Aug-2016 the supplier responded:
Thanks for taking the time to provide your feedback, it is much appreciated and really does help in assessing areas where we can improve.

I'm glad that you are happy with the way in which we rectifies this and hope, if there is anything else we can do for you, that you do not hesitate to contact us again.

Andrew Berry - Customer Service Manager
E-mail: enquiries@best4hedging.co.uk
Tel; 01257 447533

Holly hedge plants

  • Customer also bought: .... :
  • Viburnum tinus hedge plants
  • Ligustrum vulgare
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Box too small - top of plant had been bent over to fit, so that it had snapped off before arrival - reducing height by 33 cm to 98 cm, and destroying the single growing tip.
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On 12-Aug-2016 the supplier responded:
Thanks for taking the time to provide your feedback and I'm sorry for the way in which your order was delivered - A Holly should certainly not have been bent to fit into the box it was delivered in. With your order being delivered in May I'm afraid there is no way of me tracing any of our notes regarding the delivery and packing however I would like to reassure you that should there be any problems with your plant developing as normal send us some images and we will help however we can.

In relation to your thoughts on the publishing of our reviews, all of your comments have been posted automatically and those regarding the Holly and the Viburnmum are on the appropriate pages of our site.

Andrew Berry - Customer Service Manager
E-mail: enquiries@best4hedging.co.uk
Tel; 01257 447533

Holly hedge plants

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Products as described. excellent value
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Holly hedge plants

  • Customer also bought: .... :
  • Mixed Hedging
  • Pyracantha coccinea 'Red Column' hedge plants
  • Pyracantha 'Orange Glow' hedge plants
  • Hawthorn hedge plants
  • Escallonia rubra macrantha hedge plants
  • Ulex europaeus
  • Blackthorn hedge plants
  • Yew hedge plants
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No extra comment is needed.
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Holly hedge plants

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Exactly what I ordered. Fine quality plants.
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