Holly - Latin name Ilex, is a familiar, favourite garden shrub. Holly is an evergreen, slow growing shrub, with bright variegated leaves and colourful berries.
We associate hollies with Christmas, and Holly is a good shrub for winter interest in a garden. The brightly variegated foliage and bright red berries will cheer up a dark corner. Plus, blackbirds, fieldfares, redwings and thrushes will eat the berries.
Holly is useful shrub to plant in difficult areas as it is a tough and once planted,it usually thrives.
Many consider the fact that Holly is slow growing a drawback. That's obviously the case if you are looking for fast growing evergreen shrubs, but sometimes having a slow-growing shrub is an advantage. It will remain compact in its allotted space for some time, not swamp the adjacent plants, and will not need to be pruned to contain it.
Before you plant Holly, be aware the berries are toxic to cats, dogs and people- check out RHS list of poisonous plants.