SCHOOL GARDEN BLOG BY PONTHIR
Inside, we're done decking the halls…but outside, boughs of holly are still hard at work. In a winter garden, evergreen hollies provide welcome colour and structure. Yaupon holly (Ilex vomitoria), a tough native shrub, is one of the best hollies for warmer climates. This small-leaf holly, with bright scarlet fruit that persists through winter and glossy dark-green leaves, is as beautiful as it is adaptable. It tolerates heavy pruning, which means it's perfect for a topiary. If left unpruned, however, it will form attractive wildlife-friendly thickets. Whether your garden has dry, wet, or salty soil, yaupon holly will go to work, and even when the holidays are over, the holly days will keep going.