Holiday-Inspired Outdoor Decorating that Lasts

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Outdoor Christmas Decorating Ideas

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Grow Beautiful Amaryllis

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Deer-Resistant Shade Plants

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Shrubs with Winter Interest

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Tips for Moving Plants Indoors

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Any day is festive in the landscape when holly is present to cheer with its shiny dark green or green-and-yellow-patterned leaves and red berries. It always looks fresh, and some species such as yaupon can handle difficult soils where drainage is a problem. Tall American and yaupon hollies form the ideal deer-resistant hedge. Hollies typically are either male or female, so plant a partner nearby to ensure a good crop of berries. Holly prefers well-drained, moist, and fertile soil. Summer is the right time to prune a holly hedge.


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'Jersey Delight' holly
'Jersey Delight' holly
Ilex opaca 'Jersey Delight' is a female variety with bright red fruits. Plant with 'Jersey Knight' for fruit set. It grows 50 feet tall and 40 feet wide. Zones 5-9
Ilex verticillata is a deciduous holly strung with big crops of bright red berries on winter-bare branches. It tolerates wet soil and is very hardy. It grows to 8 feet tall and wide. Zones 3-9
'Winter Gold' holly
'Winter Gold' holly
Ilex verticillata 'Winter Gold' shows off clusters of golden-yellow berries in late fall. The plant tolerates a wide variety of soils, though it does best in moist, well-drained ground. It can grow 8 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Zones 4-9
Yaupon holly
Yaupon holly
Ilex vomitoria is native to North America and grows 15 feet tall and 10 feet wide. It tolerates wet soil well and is a top hedge variety. Zones 8-10

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