Hollies are an easy way to spruce up a Southern garden. Evergreen hollies do not lose leaves over winter, adding a splash of color against a stark landscape.
Try new holly varieties such as Berry Nice, Castle Gold, Gem Box, Honey Maid and Sky Pointer. Yaupon holly are used throughout the South with Nana being one of the most reliable hollies. Pendula is a weeping holly that can provide an interesting focal point.
Caring for Your Hollies:
- Water regularly during the heat of the summer. Let roots dry out between each watering.
- Fertilize once in the spring with a granular fertilizer like Holly-tone.
- Spread a 2” layer of mulch to keep soil cool, conserve moisture and control weeds.
- Trim only to keep the plant nicely shaped. Heavy spring pruning will limit the number of berries the plant produces in the winter.
- Avoid trimming into a box. Hollies prefer a round shape to let sunlight in at the trunk.
Before You Plant, Think About These Steps:
- If you want bright berries, you need both male and female varieties. A male holly must be grown within 30 to 40 feet of females for good pollination. Ask your Garden Center associate for help.
- Hollies prefer a sunny spot with good air circulation, but will grow in light shade. Plant in slightly acidic, moist, well-drained soil.
- Dig a hole no greater than the depth of the root ball and 2-3 times as wide.
- Amend soil with compost, peat moss and a fertilizer like Holly-tone. Backfill hole, compressing lightly to remove any air pockets.
- Water thoroughly and then mulch. Keep mulch 2”-3” from trunk and do not mound like a volcano.
- Hollies are extremely hardy, and rarely suffer from pests or diseases. Check for scale, spider mites and leaf miner. Treat with a pesticide if needed.