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December Plant of the Month

The Classic Holly

Image courtesy of theguardian.com

Image is Courtesy of theguardian.com


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Image is Courtesy of imgkid.com

Evergreen Hollies are available in many varieties, in fact there are more than 400 species available and they are so versatile that they most likely will survive in any part of your landscape. Some have specific soil requirements so check on that before you purchase, but they all love acidic soil and are favored for their drought tolerance. They are hardy in zones 2-12 and can be used in so many ways to accent your property.

Whether you need an attractive border or hedge, symmetrical presence in a foundation planting or just enjoy the colorful red berries against a winter backdrop the Holly can do it all.

One note on those red berries, be sure to purchase a male and female plant to insure an abundant show of color and then sit back and watch as the birds in your yard enjoy the food and the shelter from winter snow.