UK: HTA highlights holly and ivy

It will soon be Christmas, and what better way to celebrate the season and bring festive cheer to your garden than with two traditional Christmas favourites – Holly and Ivy. That's why HTA is marketing these as their plants of the moment.

Both plant families offer a wide range of wonderful evergreen varieties, with many boasting beautifully variegated leaves. Fruits and berries provide seasonal food for hungry birds, but if you want a few sprigs to enjoy indoors you’ll need to protect berry-laden branches with pieces of tightly fastened fine netting or fleece to keep birds away.

Top four favourite holly varieties
  • ‘Golden King’ – Berrying female variety
  • ‘Silver Queen’ – Male variety
  • ‘J.C. van Tol’ – Self-fertile berrying female variety
  • Hedgehog Holly (Ilex ‘Ferox Argentea’) – Male variety

Top four favourite ivy varieties
  • ‘Sulphur Heart’ (also sometimes called ‘Paddy’s Pride’)
  • Hedera colchica ‘Dentata Variegata’
  • ‘Glacier’ – versatile variegated variety, often used in indoor arrangements
  • ‘Ivalace’ – attractive crimpled and lobed green leaves
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