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Potted dwarf hollies from Lubera

Holly Little Pirate. Picture; Lubera
Holly Little Pirate. Picture; Lubera

Tiny Ilex make ideal festive gifts

Looking for the ideal Christmas gift for a gardener or for decorating your home?

These lovely little hollies, Little Pirate and Little Rascal from Lubera tick all the boxes for gifts that keep on giving after the festive period is over and done with.

They’re both evergreen and reliably frost-hardy, so they will provide much-needed structure and colour throughout the winter months.

Holly Little Pirate. Picture; Lubera
Holly Little Pirate. Picture; Lubera

Ilex meserveae Little Pirate

This USA-bred holly has dense, compact growth and beautiful foliage. The leaves are jagged on the edge, but they are soft and not prickly. They sprout fresh green, are dark green in summer and violet in winter.

Little Pirate is a male variety that does not produce fruits small and inconspicuous flowers with abundant pollen. They can pollinate female hollies nearby.

  • Flowering period: May.
  • Final height: 80cm to 100cm.
  • Final width: 60cm to 80cm.
  • Plant type: Evergreen.
  • Fragrance: Lightly scented.
  • Uses: Beds and borders, containers, as a hedge, for group plantings, as a specimen plant.
  • Hardiness: Hardy.
  • Price: £14.40 for a single plant (30-40cm in a 3l pot).
Holly Little Rascal. Picture; Lubera
Holly Little Rascal. Picture; Lubera

Ilex meserveae Little Rascal

Little Rascal’s evergreen, shiny leaves are serrated and are very dense on violet-brown branches. When budding, the foliage glows a yellowish-green colour; in the winter it gets a beautiful, violet shimmer.

If space is an issue, Little Rascal is for you. After five years it reaches about 40cm high and 30cm wide and remains under 100cm, even when fully grown. It is a long-lasting container plant for terraces, balconies and entrance areas. Because it is a male variety, this holly does not fruit but does have tiny white flowers.

  • Flowering period: May.
  • Final height: 60cm to 80cm.
  • Final width: 60cm to 80cm.
  • Plant type: Evergreen.
  • Fragrance: Lightly scented.
  • Uses: Beds and borders, containers, as a hedge, for group plantings, as a specimen plant.
  • Hardiness: Hardy.
  • Price: £14.40 for a single plant (30-40cm in a 3l pot).

To see Lubera’s full holly range, visit www.lubera.co.uk.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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