These Holly hedge plants are growing in 3lt pots to enable quick establishment and are all currently 2.5ft (75cm). Holly (Ilex Aquifolium) is also known as Common Holly or English Holly and is a very traditional hedging plant having been cultivated for many centuries and being native to the UK.
It can be clipped into a dense and prickly formal hedge or allowed to grow more informally. It can also be cut back heavily to rejuvenate an older hedge.
With its prickly green foliage and vibrant red berries, Holly is synonymous with making Christmas wreaths and other festive decorations.
Wild birds favour Holly for nesting sites and its berries are a useful additional food source in the colder months.
Holly is not the fastest growing hedge plant and one can expect 6-9 inches of growth a year. We recommend planting a holly hedge at a spacing of 1ft (30cm) between plants in a single row or for a more instant visual barrier, planting a double row of holly plants at a spacing of 1.5ft (45cm).
Holly is tolerant of most soil types although it does not like waterlogged soil. It also grows quite happily in full sunshine and also in partial shade.
More information about planting a Holly hedge can be found on the Holly hedging category page.