Ilex aquifolium or more commonly known as European Holly is probably one of the first plants you think of when you imagine Christmas. Weather you picture its’ distinctive red berries poking through the bushes on a cold winters day, or on a wreath hung on the doors and walls of your home.

Thankfully as this evergreen plant grows naturally all over the world including here in England, there isn’t a lot you need to do to keep a Holly bush alive in your garden.  But here are a few tips!  When planting a new holly bush try to do it in spring or autumn as holly likes colder weather and plenty of rain. To prevent weeds cover the base of the holly bush in mulch!

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