Ilex aquifolium argentia marginataIlex aquifolium ‘Argentea Marginata’ is a wonderful variagated form of evergreen Holly (Ilex). This plant can be grown either as a shrub and great for hedging (although prickly) or as a small standard tree. Taking centre stage in a planting scheme with its characterful stature. The red winter berries are fantastic for Christmas adornment inside and outside the home. Great also for over-wintering birds that need this vital food source. Although slow growing, a long living and rewarding plant that you can celebrate every winter.

So, now is the time to get your secateurs out to collect the outer branches and jewel-like red berries, just in time for Christmas.

And if you don’t have a Holly in your garden, now is a great time to buy a bare root plant and get it in the ground.

Happy gardening!