Dress up winter scenes with the deep green leaves and bright red berries of Castle Spire holly (Ilex x meserveae). This holly has a narrow shape (3-4 feet) that works great as part of a foundation planting or hedge. Plants grow 6 to 10 feet tall. Hardy in Zones 5-7.
Strong berry production, glossy evergreen leaves and a compact pyramidal shape make Castle Spire holly a great choice for smaller yards. Plants eventually grow 8-12 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide. Use one as a specimen, or plant several to form a screen. This is also a great choice for a bird-friendly landscape. Hardy in Zones 5-7. Botanical name: Ilex x meserveae ‘Hachfee’
Meet a Japanese holly that sparkles in part shade or full sun. The gold-tone leaves won’t burn on this evergreen plant grows 12 to 18 inches tall and wide. Use it in containers, to edge paths or beds or as a colorful addition to rock gardens. Hardy in Zones 5-8. Botanical name: Ilex crenata
This holly is the result of a cross between an English and Chinese holly. Leaves are glossy, and many gardeners use plants as a privacy screen. Flowers are easy to miss, but give rise to eye-catching berries. Plants grow 15 to 20 feet tall and up to 10 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 6 to 9. Botanical name: Ilex x ‘Nellie R. Stevens’
Why we love it: Sky Pointer is a perfect fit for small gardens with its narrow footprint of 2 to 3 feet wide. It grows 4 to 5 feet tall, providing a strong vertical evergreen accent to plantings. This holly tolerates urban pollution and is deer resistant.
Repurpose an old weathered board or piece of molding as a rustic backdrop to a live holiday swag or garland. Just tack evergreen and holly branches to the board then wire on a few glittered pinecones and a ribbon in the center.
In this corner of the office, a leather Holly Hunt chair sits agains a brick wall under rays of sunlight. Surrounding this elegant chair are antique portraits and a collection of books on which a live orchid rests.