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Ilex aquifolium Argentea Marginata

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Variegated Holly

Stunning white edged dark green foliage and bight red berries

Green and white variegated leaves and bright red berries are characteristic of this evergreen shrub. A great all-year-round performer the coloured leaves provide interest and structure in summer and winter while on female plants the bright red berries provide eye catching adornment. It has a distinct conical outline made by its pointy cream-lined leaves.

Where?

This plant is perfect as a specimen but is also well suited to hedging.

How?

The plant requires full sunlight and well-drained, but moist, fertile soil to grow in. For good berry production plant both male and female plants.

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub, Hedging
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Autumn, Spring, Summer, Winter
Flowering September - November
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 1200 cm - 1500 cm
Plant width 400 cm - 800 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous All parts highly toxic if eaten
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 190 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden

Typically available

From March to September