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Don't Forget Holly


 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:24 pm    Post subject: Don't Forget Holly Reply with quote

Holly will make a great evergreen hedge for any garden even tolerating coastal conditions. It's a very valuable plant in more ways than just producing berries for Christmas though what would Christmas be like without some berried holly.

It provides a valuable food source for the birds as well as providing a safe place of refuge for the birds during the winter. A thick holly bush or hedge will also provide shelter for Hedgehogs to spend the winter. Both the birds and the Hedgehogs will repay you by taking care of many of your garden pests next year with the hedgehogs being particularly partial to a helping of slugs and snails, no need for more pellets or messy beer traps.

Holly is now at risk of becoming an endangered species thanks to our old friend the hole in the ozone layer so I would encourage anyone who has space for one or more evergreen shrubs to plant a holly bush or why not try holly as a hedge.

The common holly Ilex aquifolium comes in either a male or female form and you will need both to see berries or alternatively you can buy named varieties again male and femal or you could try the self fertile Ilex aquifolium J C Van Tol and you will only need one to produce berries.



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