One of the Best Plants for Fall & Winter Color!Spring, summer and fall are known for their colorful flowers, leaves and fruits, but bright garden color is always a challenge to find in the dark winter months. Don’t let winter get you down this this! Winter Red Winterberry (Ilex verticillata ‘Winter Red’) will fill your garden with delightful red berries all winter and even into spring.Deep green leaves cover these big (6’ tall and wide) shrubs all summer. In the fall the inconspicuous flowers give way to little berries that are revealed like a curtain call when the leaves drop. And what a show they’ll give you! The bright holly-red berries stay on the bush all winter and will even persist into spring.Winter Red is a female shrub.. In order to get these show-stopping berries, you need to have a pollinator. Ilex ‘Southern Gentleman’ is made just for that! One Southern Gentleman will pollinate up to 10 Winter Red’s, so you can have a fence line of bright berries all season long.Winter Red is not only a feast for the eyes, but it is a literal feast for the birds. This makes your garden the place to be for your feathered friends when not much else is going on in the garden.Winterberries are the “queens” of the fruiting shrub world and the fruiting branches are great for decoration in the garden or in the house. They make instant holiday decorations when a few stems are put in a large vase.Order a few from us today and see your winter garden in a whole new light!* Prized for ornamental value * Loads of bright red berries * Berries attract birds .
Fast Growing, Great as a Privacy HedgeThe Holly ‘China Boy’, Ilex X meserveae ‘Mesdob’, is an astonishingly fast, hardy grower. Its compact mounded form matures at 10 feet by 8 feet, making it great as a privacy hedge.Choose a sunny to partly sunny site with well-drained soil, making sure there is enough room for shrub to grow to its mature spread. It should be sheltered from winter sun and wind.Once ‘China Boy’ is established, usually by the third year, you only need to water in times of drought. The glossy green foliage takes to shearing and shaping well. ‘China Boy’ is truly an exceptional landscape plant since it is cold hardy and heat tolerant.Use this evergreen holly as a privacy hedge, a landscape specimen, accent plant, and this Holly also works well under power lines. The China Boy will pollinate the China Girl holly. China Boy is a vigorous pollinator and it will pollinate many China Girls if placed in close proximity.China Boy can be easily pruned. This is a great, fast growing holly that is hard to find because they usually sell out fast. Order yours today!* Perfect privacy hedge* Fast-growing!* Pollinator for China Girl Holly .
Glossy Foliage and Great PollinatorJim Dandy Holly is a dwarf variety of the popular winterberry shrub. Pair this male cultivar with a female and you’ll have an outstanding decorative feature for a low hedge or border.Your Jim Dandy is beloved for its showy, deep green leaves. The foliage has a delightful gloss that will draw your eye amid other plantings. The leaves later transition to purple/yellow hues for an additional, late-season splash of color in autumn. Jim Dandy is a male Holly, so won’t produce the lovely berries that Hollies are usually prized for, however, it’s essential for creating those decorative berries in your female plants. it pairs particularly well with Red Sprite Holly and Berry Heavy Holly The tiny, white flowers are not very noticeable but they’ll persist for a long time and do their job in pollinating up to ten female hollies.With a plant height of 3 to 6-feet and a width of 4 to 5-feet, Jim Dandy Holly makes a great border or screen. Jim Dandy is tolerant of poorly drained soils and it is deer resistant. It will do well in part shade or sun, light or heavy soils and can even prosper in wet conditions. It’s even drought tolerant, so overall quite a hardy plant. In fact, Jim Dandy is not only considered more hardy than other varieties, but also relatively carefree. You can leave it to grow naturally, but it doesn’t mind a little pruning if you so desire. For eye-catching, glossy foliage and good pollination, Jim Dandy Holly is a great choice. Pair it with some female Hollies, and you’re sure to enjoy the results.* Attractive foliage * Unique fall color * Terrific male pollinator * Cold hardy * Easy to grow.
Florist Quality Berry-Covered BranchesYou’ve coveted those pictures in the magazines every winter, haven’t you? The ones where the designer has a vase of long branches covered in bright red holly berries sitting on the fireplace mantel. They can be expensive to order from a florist. Well, why not grow your own? The Berry Heavy Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticillata ‘Spravy’) is easy to grow in your own yard.Berry Heavy is a Proven Winners selection, which is high praise in the landscape world. It is beautiful all year, with glossy green leaves and white flowers in the summer giving way to those heavy-laden berry branches in the fall and winter. Make sure that you plant another pollinator holly so that you will get the most berries possible.Berry Heavy is a cinch to grow in your landscape. It needs a sunny or semi-sunny location, but other than that it adapts well to any soil and thrives in that wet or boggy spot in your lawn.Plant several for a jaw-dropping show of berries on the fall and winter. Birds love the berries, so get ready for lots of feathered visitors. Bring some branches inside for holiday décor before the birds enjoy them all. The berries will dry nicely on the branches and people will envy YOUR magazine-worthy decorating.Order several from Nature Hills now, before they’re gone!* Heavy Crops of Bright Red Berries* Likes Wet Soils* Attracts Wildlife.
Compact form of a great native shrub! We know that some of you out there only think of the great Northwest forests as home to the legendary Bigfoot and his kin. Hopefully we can enlighten you to some of the other natural wonders in those forests. Let’s start here – Compact Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia aquifolium ‘compacta’) is a new, much more compact form of the American native mahonia that is so prevalent in the pine and fir forests of the great Northwest. Its smaller size makes it much more versatile as a landscape shrub than its big brethren, though. The current trend is toward smaller and urban gardens, so there is a need for smaller plants to fit those spaces, and this small shrub does it better than most. Oregon Grape Holly is a fantastic plant. It’s spiky leathery leaves are evergreen, but they sport a couple of color changes throughout the year – the bronze-red new growth turns to glossy deep green in the summer then to purple-red for the fall and winter months. If that weren’t enough, there are also sunny yellow late spring flowers followed by deep purple summer berries. Now imagine all of this on a compact plant that will fit just about anywhere. Use this native as a small hedge or around a deck or steps to hide the foundations. It also hides the leggy bottoms of taller plants if you put it in front of the border. Try it by rocks, dry streambeds or water features for an interesting foliage juxtaposition. It is a perfect choice for massed panting and big borders, too. This is an excellent choice for the home garden – durable, low-maintenance and beautiful. Add a few to your garden today. (You’ll make a Sasquatch proud!)* Easy care * Compact form* Scented flowers* Ornamental berries* Year-round interest.
Better than Boxwood When you think of holly, maybe you think of Christmas berries and spiky leaves. Pyramidal Holly, Ilex crenata ‘Bullata 151’, will change that opinion. For starters, the leaves on this Japanese holly aren’t big and spiky, but small and spineless, almost soft to the touch. This plant looks far more like boxwood than holly. As a matter of fact it is a great substitute for boxwood, especially in zones 6 and 7, where it grows faster than boxwood. Pyramidal Holly can grow real big, real fast if you let it. At 10 feet tall a few of these plants shoulder to shoulder make a thick, formal hedge. But, like boxwood, this can be pried and trimmed to any size/shape you want. It naturally grows into a pyramid shape, as its name states, but will happily become whatever shape you want. This evergreen shrub will add great structure to your perennial bed or foundation planting. They are often used to mark entryways. Pyramid Holly looks great in a large pot, too. They will stay dark green and glossy all year long, no matter what the weather. Use Pyramidal Hollies as a backdrop to other evergreens for a great textural contrast. Flowering trees and shrubs really pop in front of a hedge of Pyramid Holly. There is a place in your garden for this fast growing, thick evergreen. Buy some from us today! * Fast growing evergreen * Great boxwood substitute * Super hardy and super easy.
The Japanese Holly ‘Heller’s’, Ilex crenata ‘Helleri’, is a very dense and dwarf form that reaches a height of 3 feet with an equal spread.It is a good substitute for boxwood because of its small dark green leaves. ‘Heller’s’ can be used as an accent plant, in mass plantings, as a landscape specimen, and in rock gardens.This plant is used in the landscape in front of taller shrubs for a contrast in your landscape scene. It is best that it has a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system.Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. This plant performs best in moist, well-drained acidic soils.As with most other hollies, this plant is deer resistant!Zones 6-9.
Fast Grower, Great Pollinator for Other VarietiesSouthern Gentleman Winterberry, Ilex verticillata ‘Southern Gentleman’, is a male selection that is used to pollinate Ilex ‘Winter Red’ and Ilex ‘Sparkleberry’. You’ll need both male and female plants to produce fruits. A vigorous growing, upright rounded plant with glossy, dark green summer foliage, Southern Gentleman turns yellow-green to purple-bronze in fall. Winterberries are the “queens” of the fruiting shrub world when ranked for ornamental value. The fruiting branches are great for decoration in the garden or in the house. The leaves drop off the plant in late fall to expose the beautiful berries. A wonderful shrub for winter interest, the Southern Gentleman Winterberry rounded habit reaches 6-8 feet in height and width, but may be pruned for a smaller shrub. The plant grows in sun or partial shade and a rich, well- drained soil, although it tolerates swampy areas. The fruits are often eaten by birds.* Berries attract birds* Great as a pollinator* Rounded habit.
Sparkleberry Winterberry, Ilex ‘Sparkleberry’, is a showy, female variety with abundant, brilliant red 3/8″ fruit that persist well into winter. It is the spectacular berries that create such a show. Masses of these bright red berries persist into late winter creating quite a display in the winter landscape. This large upright shrub is excellent as a background plant. Unlike typical hollies that have thick evergreen foliage, Sparkleberry’s leaves turn yellow in the fall and then fall off. Sparkleberry looks great planted in large groups or in front of evergreens. Shrubs are distinctly upright growing to 10 feet or so and like wet to average soil in sun or light shade. Male and female plants are required in order to produce berries and the perfect male to pollinate. Use Ilex ‘Southern Gentleman’ as the pollinator..
The Holly Christmas Jewel, LEX x HL 10-90 ‘CHRISTMAS JEWEL’ PP# 14,477, reaches a splendid height of 10 feet and has a growth habit that is naturally dense and upright; pyramidal. It has narrow dark polished green leaves; apple red berries appear in fall and last all winter. Plants are female, producing these abundant large, red berries without the need of a pollinator! Birds won’t eat the berries until late in the winter season. Enjoy this beautiful holly in your landscape, along with the birds it will attract!.
Holly – Blue Combo, Ilex x meserveae ‘Blue Princess’ and ‘Blue Prince’, is a slow growing upright evergreen shrub that requires sun to part shade and acid soil.This unique combo was introduced in 1964 and is still worthwhile in the landscape; very popular broad-leaved evergreens for gardeners. If they are planted in the same container, you will get a profusion of bright red berries!Their glossy, deep-green foliage is appreciated all year, and for the Christmas season, nothing looks nicer than an arrangement featuring holly stems adorned with bright red berries!If you are into attracting birds to your garden, this holly blue combo is excellent as they eagerly seek out the berries. It is best to plant this combo in moist, well-drained, slightly-acidic soil that is rich in organic matter.Choose a location in partial shade, since shelter is needed from winter sun and winds that can cause desiccation and browning of leaves.Use as a foundation plant or as a specimen plant in shrub borders or perennial gardens.The Blue Prince is the male pollinator for the Blue Princess..
Winterberry, ‘Ilex verticillata’, is a deciduous Ilex with bright scarlet winter persistent fruit. This native plant forms an oval, rounded shape and has deep rich green foliage that develops a yellow fall color. Winterberries are the “queens” of the fruiting shrub world when ranked for ornamental value. The fruiting branches are great for decoration in the garden or in the house. The leaves drop off the plant in late fall to expose the beautiful berries. You’ll need both male and female plants to produce fruits.. A wonderful shrub for winter interest, this Winterberry shrub reaches 6-8 feet in height and width. It is one of the best plants for fall and winter color. Winterberry holly will attract songbirds to your property, the fruit of winterberry holly serving as an emergency food source for birds..
Holly – Honey Maid, Ilex x meserveae ‘Honey Maid’, can grow up to 12′ or even 15′ tall, but most plants reach a mature height of 8′. Its form varies with the cultivar, but is either pyramidal or rounded; branching is horizontal to irregular and generally dense and shrubby. Its foliage is variegated blue-green with creamy margins, and it is a fantastic variegated holly, with very consistent coloration. Honey Maid produces white flowers in late April and early May, and while these flowers are numerous, they are not overwhelmingly ornamental. Yellow and green foliage, adorned with bright red berries, looks amazing in winter. This fruit, produced by the female plant, matures to a bright red in the fall and is very showy. Honey Maid grows best in full sun, but light shade is tolerated with more open growth resulting. It prefers moist, slightly acidic, well-drained soils, but it is relatively soil adaptable..
Beautiful Holly Berries For The Holidays! Fred and Ginger. Thelma and Louise. Lucy and Desi. Butch and Sundance. Beauty and the Beast. Some couples just go together forever, don’t they?We are very happy to offer you one of the all-time classic couples – China Boy and China Girl hollies (Ilex x meserveae ‘Mesdob’ and ‘Mesog’) – together in one container!Besides being a sure-fire way to a great bushy evergreen shrub, having China Boy and China Girl in such close proximity all but guarantees that you will have a lush display of rich red holly berries all fall and well into winter. We wish that all pollinating feats in the garden were this easy!Super hardy in heat and cold, sun or shade, this combo is an easy and fool-proof pair for your garden. You will want to buy several sets for an instant hedgerow, or use one as a large statement in your foundation planting. They will easily reach 8 – 10 feet tall and wide in a few years. They will prune as easily as a boxwood, so you can keep them at whatever height you’d like, no fuss, no muss. The dark green leaves are big and glossy and the perfect backdrop for those classic red holly berries. Use branch cuttings for your holiday tables and vases and your guests will think you paid a florist to do your decorating!The birds will love your garden in the fall and winter, too. The berries make for a veritable smorgasbord and the spiky leaves make a perfect shelter. (Speaking of the spiky leaves, plant this in front of windows as a safety measure and burglars will think twice before trying to break in. A thicket of holly leaves is a definite deterrent!)Top grade field-grown plants are shipped right to your door! Don’t wait to order. Enjoy this beautiful holly combo this year!* Fast growing evergreen* Great for hedges, screens and borders* Super hardy and super easy* Includes China Girl and China Boy (as a pollinator) in one container for guaranteed berries in fall and winter.
Perfect native substitute for boxwood! Boxwood has been part of the American garden scene for centuries, and for good reason. It makes a great hedge, is easy to prune into shape and doesn’t require a lot of upkeep. But, it does have its downsides – lots of insects like to do boxwood harm, it can get out of bounds if it isn’t pruned well and it’s so ubiquitous that it has a reputation of being a bit boring. It’s time for something different for American gardens. That is why we are very happy to introduce Strongbox Inkberry Holly (Ilex glabra ‘Ilexfarrowtracey’). This hardy plant is native to North America, so it has all of the attributes that natives bring: *It is very disease resistant and not susceptible to the same troubles that boxwood are. *It is very adaptable, able to adjust to many different garden sites, soils and conditions. *It is just about maintenance free, not needing any coddling and still able to look great. On top of that add that it is a hardy evergreen, withstanding -20 degrees in zone 5, and that it grows into a naturally globular shape so that no pruning in necessary to keep Strongbox looking it’s best. Try it as a hedge to replace that ageing boxwood one you have now. Try it in a large container by the front door. Try it planted en masse under the big tree in the front yard. Wherever you try it, we know that you be so happy with it that you’ll probably never go back to boxwood again! * Evergreen * Sun or shade * Boxwood substitute * Native * Very easy care.