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Holly hedge plants

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If you buy an evergreen ilex hedge, you have combined many positive qualities. Because holly is tolerant to pruning, usually very hardy and extremely versatile, it can be used to create beautiful mixed hedges as well as low or higher borders.

The varieties of the Japanese holly, Ilex crenata, are an excellent alternative to the boxwood, to which they also look very similar (and whose leaves do not sting despite their name). The woody plants have a tightly closed growth; they can be brought into every conceivable shape and can be kept at the desired height. The fruits of Ilex crenata are rather inconspicuous, but are loved by birds.

There are also defensive representatives in the genus Ilex (Ilex aquifolium and Ilex meservae): their varieties have prickly, often jagged leaves to keep uninvited guests away, but they score points, of course, with the popular, bright red fruits, which are also used as beautiful Christmas decorations. The often cream white flowers of the holly set contrasting accents with the dark green, shiny leaves in the spring. To get a rich fruit set on the female plants, you should note that you will also need a male pollinator in your garden.

An Ilex Hedge – Perfect for Privacy

Take a look at our large Lubera® assortment and choose your favourites! Whether as a privacy screen or an attractive enclosure:aA holly hedge is a permanently beautiful eye-catcher in the garden. Here are some recommended varieties:

• Ilex meserveae 'Hedge Fairy' has a taut, upright habit and thus forms slender hedges. It impresses with glossy leaves and beautiful, red fruits that already show on young plants. Its annual growth of up to 30 centimetres is considerable for a holly. The variety is also resistant to frost and wind.

• Ilex meserveae 'Heckenstar' has beautiful, slightly wavy, fresh green leaves and is a good pollinator for the female varieties, such as 'Hedge Fairy'. Uncut, it reaches a height of about 3 metres within 10 years.

• Ilex crenata 'Buchserli' is our boxwood replacement recommendation with small, green leaves that grow even faster than Buxus. It is a good choice for a low or medium-sized hedge.

• The holly 'Impala' (Ilex maximowicziana var. Kanehirae) has small, serrated, dark green leaves and it grows slender in height. It is also suitable for planting a higher hedge up to about 2 metres and it can be brought into any shape. It produces black fruits.

   
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Box-leaved Holly 'Dark Green'

Ilex crenata 'Dark Green' - the ideal alternative to boxwood

From £21.40 *

Box-leaved Holly Buchserli®

Ilex crenata Buchserli® - the non-boxwood from Buchs

From £4.40 *

Common Holly 'Alaska'

Ilex aquifolium 'Alaska' has bright green leaves and bright red berries

From £13.40 *

Common Holly 'Blue Angel'®

Ilex meserveae 'Blue Angel'® has blue-green foliage and bright red fruits

From £11.40 *

Common Holly 'Blue Prince'®

Ilex meserveae 'Blue Prince'®, the opaque, evergreen plant for hedges

From £15.40 *

Common Holly 'Blue Princess'®

Ilex meserveae 'Blue Princess'® - the compact evergreen plant with ornamental berries

From £14.40 *

Common Holly 'Casanova'®

Ilex meserveae 'Casanova'(S), the frost hardy holly with patterned foliage

From £18.40 *

Common Holly 'Heckenfee'®

Ilex meserveae 'Heckenfee'®, the evergreen hedge plant with red fruits

From £16.40 *

Common Holly 'Heckenpracht'®

Ilex meserveae 'Heckenpracht'(S), the dense, bushy and very frost hardy hedge plant

From £16.40 *

Common Holly 'Heckenstar'®

Ilex meserveae 'Heckenstar'(S), the very hardy holly with a dense, columnar habit

From £16.40 *

Common Holly 'Little Pirate'®

Ilex meserveae 'Little Pirate'®, the compact holly for pots and beds

From £14.40 *

Common Holly 'Little Rascal'

Ilex meserveae 'Little Rascal', the evergreen and compact growing ornamental plant

From £14.40 *

   
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Buy Ilex Hedge

The Bisexuality of the Ilex

If you buy an Ilex hedge, you should know that holly is either male or female – in botany this is called bisexuality. At times, fruits are also produced without male plants in the neighbourhood, but a pollinator in the immediate vicinity makes for a richer adornment. Since insects also pollinate, a slightly larger planting distance between the sexes can be chosen. In general, however, we recommend placing a male plant directly in the hedge row. For example, 'Blue Prince' is an excellent pollen donor for female Ilex meserveae or I. aquifolium. The colour of the drupes is species- and variety-specific – they appear in yellow, red, brown or black and decorate the shrubs often until spring.

The Suitable Location

An Ilex prefers to grow in the sun or partial shade in a sheltered site. Even in light shade under trees, the plants feel well. There, however, the leaves can be rather dark. The soil should be nutrient-rich and as fresh as possible. Waterlogging is not tolerated well. If a good water permeability is not given, e.g. heavy clay soils or a high groundwater table, mature compost or a good garden soil can be mixed in. The soil should be pH-neutral to slightly acidic. If there is too much lime in the soil, mixing in soil that is ideal for bog beds can help.

Planting an Ilex Hedge

For your holly hedge plants, the root ball should be broken up a bit by hand before planting. Alternatively, you can cut the root ball in several places with clippers – this promotes the formation of new roots. Place the plants in the ground so that the top of the root ball is slightly covered by the soil and press the plants firmly.

With Ilex crenata we recommend planting about 5 plants per metre (or up to 7 plants – the denser they are planted, the better the hedge grows from below). For a higher hedge, the distance can be chosen slightly larger. A hedge can be 30 - 150 cm high and 20 - 50 cm wide.

For Ilex meserveae (and most Ilex species and varieties with spiny leaves), a planting distance of about 30 centimetres can be chosen. The plant requirement for the variety 'Hedge Fairy' is at two to three plants per metre. With the variety 'Impala' – with a plant size of 30-40 cm – the distance should be about 35-40 cm.

When planting your (higher growing) Ilex hedge in front of a wall, it should be one metre away for safety's sake.

A Mixed Hedge with Ilex

Evergreen plants, e.g. Photinia, yew, mahonia or cherry laurel, can be combined well with holly.

An evenly moist soil is conducive to the good growth of an Ilex hedge. If this threatens to dry out, you should water the plants. Even in the winter, make sure that the plants get enough water because an Ilex is evergreen.

For neutral to alkaline soil, it is advisable to use an acidic rhododendron fertiliser. For good winter protection and a sufficiently moist soil, you should mulch the soil surface around the plants as consistent as possible.

Pruning an Ilex Hedge

Whether as a ball, cone or pyramid: if you buy an Ilex hedge, there are no limits to creativity – especially the Japanese holly, Ilex crenata, is ideal for this purpose. Pruning should take place two to three times a year for Ilex crenata – once in late May, then in July and possibly again at the end of August. This ensures a good branching of the plants and it preserves the cut shape. An Ilex generally recovers well from the old wood. If possible, do not carry out the pruning measures in full sun, as there is a risk that the cut surfaces will burn.

With a hand hedge trimmer you have a little more work, but you can make sure that there are no dried-out surfaces.

If you want a natural appearance with many bright fruits, then you should not cut an Ilex meserveae hedge (e.g. with the variety 'Hedge Fairy') regularly. As a rule, pruning is sufficient twice a year for a hedge that is dimensionally stable – ideally once in the spring and once in autumn.

Holly - Toxicity

When buying an Ilex hedge, you need to know that its leaves and fruit do have some toxicity. When cutting the plants, it is recommended to wear gloves and protective clothing.

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