ilex aquifolium ‘Variegata’ ~ standard
Variegated Holly is a fabulous addition to any garden, contrasting well against the other evergreen trees and shrubs, as well as deciduous plants. Pruned foliage also makes wonderful decoration for the house, particularly for Christmas. Tough and resilient in all weathers, easy to grow, but they will need a high acidity to grow strongly, so you may have to use ericaceous feed to establish your Holly.
DFG rating: 9/10
Clipping: Holly is easy to clip by hand or with hedge cutters.
Leaves: Evergreen and Variegated.
Flowers: Tiny, white and fragrant. Blooms in spring.
Berries: masses of berries that turn red for autumn, and will be there for most of Winter too.
Wildlife: The berries are great for the birds.
Soil Ph: High acidity, ericaceous compost needed.