Holly; Ilex:


You all know what Holly is – a glossy green dense sturdy shrub with lovely red berries in winter (well sometimes anyway) – but it has leaves that bring tears to your eyes!


Why have it, well it certainly stops anyone trying to climb over the fence or through the window, but in a smaller garden, it’s probably not the most friendly of shrubs you could have. 


If you really feel the need for a dense green sturdy shrub – you could choose a weigela or laurel or euonymus or a viburnum or griselinia or a privet or a even a fatsia or a mahonia (although this is a little prickly).

We haven’t used Holly in any of our small garden designs – but we do use lots of other plants that are much better (we think).

Why don’t you take a look

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