Elegant Male HollyCastle Wall Holly is a broadleaf evergreen. It would make an outstanding foundation plant or you could pair it with a female Holly for their decorative appeal.Your Castle Wall Holly is a Proven Winners selection plant, and lives up to the distinction with its exceptional foliage and hardy nature. It’s a newer, more compact variety of Holly with better branching, waxy leaves and great pollinating ability. The foliage has the classic serrated, Holly-leaf shape and it’s sometimes referred to as a “blue holly” for its vibrant coloring. This is a Holly typically valued for its use in holiday arrangements, and just one is enough to pollinate several female Holly plants (if you prefer to have the traditional red berries as well). Castle Wall is fast-growing, so before you know it you’ll have a large, vibrant shrub to provide year-round color for your landscape.Castle Wall Holly will grow up to 8 feet in height with a 3-foot spread. It has a compact and pyramidal form. It’s adaptable to a variety of soils and in fact is a Holly that is likely to even thrive in boggy conditions.Holly plants have long been sought after for their enduring beauty and hardy nature, and Castle Wall is no exception. Why not pair one with a female variety today and reap the enjoyment of year-round vibrant color as well as the decorative red berries both you, and your wildlife, will love.* Decorative foliage * Compact * Thrives in wet soil * Male pollinator for Castle Spire.
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 .
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.
Compact Holly Brightens Winter Red Sprite Holly is a compact ornamental deciduous shrub. Plant a few in a naturalized area of your landscape or perhaps one at the border of a perennial bed where the winter color can pick up where the bright summer flowers left off.Hollies, are the queens of the fruiting shrub world when ranked for ornamental value, and your Red Sprite is no exception. The fruiting branches on the bare stems are great for decoration in the garden or in the house. They are extensively used for decoration, especially during the holidays. When the leaves drop off your Red Sprite in late fall to expose the beautiful red berries, you’ll be amazed how decorative your plant is against the winter landscape.Red Sprite Holly is a dense, compact plant that produces multitudes of bright red, half-inch fruit that persist throughout the winter. Even without the berries, your Red Sprite Holly’s lovely shiny green foliage is sure to please. The deep green foliage on the shiny green plant provides fall color when it transforms to purple/bronze in autumn. Red Sprite reaches 3 feet in height with a 4 foot spread. It prefers wet soil, but is adaptable to other conditons.Birds love the berries, but it’s deer resistant, so you won’t have to worry about it being decimated by their foraging.You’ll need both male and female plants to produce fruits for your Red Sprite. Red Sprite requires Ilex ‘Jim Dandy’ for pollination and berry production, so keep that in mind when acquiring a Red Sprite. All in all, Red Sprite Holly is an outstanding choice for your yard for all-season interest.* Shiny Green Foliage* Compact Growth* Profusion of Red Berrries on Female Plants.
Mounding Holly Makes a Great Low HedgeThe Holly, Dwarf Yaupon, ‘Ilex vomitoria ‘Nana’, is a dwarf, compact formed holly with small shiny leaves. It is excellent in planter boxes or as a low hedge.This plant matures at 3-5 feet high by 3-6 feet wide if left unpruned. The Dwarf Yaupon makes a gigantic mounded cushion if not pruned.Fruits on female yaupon holly are a beautiful red, in contrast to the shiny black fruits of Japanese holly. The showy berries often last for several months and they attract birds.It will grow in full shade to full sun, but the more light it has, the more dense its foliage will be. It is drought and salt spray tolerant. This broadleaf evergreen shrubs does best in well-drained soil, but is adaptable to a variety of conditions.Whether you need one for a container or several for a low hedge, you can’t go wrong with the Dwarf Yaupon Holly. Buy yours now!* Keeps its mounding form* Coompact, dense holly* Classic red berries .
Fast Grower Known For It’s Abundance of BerriesThe Holly ‘China Girl’, Ilex X meserveae ‘Mesog’, is a quick growing female selection that has one of the best berry sets of any holly. ‘China Boy’ is a must companion in order for ‘China Girl to set berries. Its growth habit is a dense, upright and rounded form to 10 feet wide. It shears well so it can be kept much smaller, and is useful as a shaped hedge. Choose a sunny to partly sunny site with well-drained soil, making sure there is enough space for shrub to grow to its mature spread; should be sheltered from winter sun and wind. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once ‘China Girl’ 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 Girl’ is truly an exceptional landscape plant since it is cold hardy and heat tolerant. Use as a privacy hedge, a landscape specimen, accent plant, and it also works well under power lines.China Girl and China Boy are hard to find because they always sell out so fast. Order yours today!* Fast growing* Great set of berries* Cold hardy & heat tolerant* Great privacy hedge .
A great native with eye-catching flowers and berries! Is it possible for a plant to be both subtle and eye-catching, graceful and spiky, muted and colorful? Yes, yes and yes! Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia aquifolium) is all of this and more.This great native shrub is one of those plants that can be either the supporting actor in the garden or the star player. It has a wild character with its tall thin shape and leathery spiky leaves. It can blend into plantings and fill in odd gaps in your shady spaces. It can cover your utility boxes and water pipe valves and squeeze between your garage and your neighbors wall and live quite contentedly. But it can also stand against your wall or fence where it will glow all season with its bronze leaves that turn deep green and then rich purple in the fall, and its bevy of Big-Bird-yellow flowers followed by loads of dark purple berries all summer. This beautiful evergreen shrub is a valuable plant native to western states, but will grow all over the US in zones 5-9 with proper care. It naturally lives under the high canopies of pine and fir forests in the Pacific Northwest, so it is a shoe-in for your naturalized shady garden. But it is also common in those beautiful Japanese gardens so famous up there, so it fits into more formal spaces well, too.This is a great plant that is underused in many places. Bring this beauty to your neighborhood today!* Easy care * Great foliage color all year* Flowers and berries* Birds love it, deer don’t* Hardy native.
Evergreen with Unique Growth that ‘Points’ to the Sky’Sky Pointer Holly is a broadleaf evergreen. It will add some elegant, architectural appeal to your landscape as a border for your entryway or grouped along an outbuilding. These would also be quite handsome in containers on your patio. Your Sky Pointer is a conifer with glossy, green foliage and a unique growing shape. It’s a vigorous grower, so it won’t be long before it’s providing protection for your birds from harsh weather and predators. The tall, narrow growth of this evergreen seems to “point” to the “sky”, providing some unique interest and refined definition to any spot in your landscape where it resides. Sky Pointer Holly will grow to about five feet tall with a two to three foot spread. It has an upright and narrow, pyramidal form. It has no significant disease or insect issues and it’s heat and drought tolerant. Even though birds love it, destructive wildlife will leave it alone. Even deer and bunnies tend to pass it by. This new Holly thrives in well-drained, acid soils, but can also be grown in poor dry soils. You can leave it to grow naturally, but Sky Pointer doesn’t mind a little pruning if you’d prefer.If you’re looking for a unique evergreen that’s hardy and stylish, Sky Pointer Holly is a terrific choice.* Unique growth * Evergreen * Fast Growing * Wildlife interest.
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.
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 .
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.