A delightful holly ball that will make the perfect centrepiece for your Christmas decoration display as well as a striking garden feature for the rest of the year.
Ilex 'Blue Maid' is a female variety of blue holly, producing masses of tiny, white flowers in spring that are followed by bright red berries in autumn if you have a male holly nearby. Its leaves are less spiky than other hollies and have a distinct contrast between the light green underside and deep blue-green upper.
Easy to grow and virtually maintenance-free, they just need a slightly acid, fertile soil and regular watering for the first couple of years to get established.
Because the branches of this holly tend to hold onto their leaves much better than other varieties and grow less vigorously, you get really dense growth which is why they make such amazing topiary specimens.
Grow as a topiary tree in pots and borders to add height, or grow a number as an unusual hedge. For extra wow factor, grow in pairs in large pots either side of porches or doorways and gates - a super Christmas idea!
Very hardy and tough, and with excellent tolerance to British winters, Blue Maid will withstand temperatures to -27°C without any damage and requires almost no maintenance each year apart from an annual trim to keep it to shape.
Supplied as a clipped ball approx 40-50cm in diameter including pot.