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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

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Feedback for Holly hedge plants has been compiled from 17 customer reviews

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Holly hedge plants

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Healthy and matched description on website. Thank you
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Holly hedge plants

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  • Hazel hedge plants
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Quality product
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Holly hedge plants

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  • Cornus sanguinea hedging
  • Viburnum opulus hedge plants
  • Blackthorn hedge plants
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Would have liked to have known if the plant I ordered was male or female.
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Holly hedge plants

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plants look healthy enough, lets hope they continue to thrive
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  • Hazel hedge plants
  • Berberis thunbergii hedge plants
  • Sorbus aucuparia
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the roots were dry
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I've placed several orders before in the past and never had any big issues before, however I was extremely unhappy with this order. The bareroot holly plants I ordered arrived with the surrounding liner wide open rather than being tied at the top. So the roots were bone dry, probably made worse as they were dispatched on a Friday and left in the distribution system over the weekend before arriving on the Monday. I've tried planting them but don't expect them to take well.
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  • Hawthorn hedge plants
  • Hazel hedge plants
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Very healthy and good size
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Holly hedge plants

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  • Mixed Hedging - Hawthorn Base
  • Viburnum opulus hedge plants
  • Blackthorn hedge plants
  • Cornus sanguinea hedging
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Excellent
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Holly hedge plants

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  • Sea Buckthorn hedge plants
  • Blackthorn hedge plants
  • Hawthorn hedge plants
  • Berberis darwinii hedge plants
  • Laurus nobilis hedging
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As Above
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As Above
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