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** Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022 Bank Holiday - Mail Order Deliveries **

Due to the first week in June being a 3 day working week we are planning to suspend dispatching plants during that week. We will do our best to get any existing orders sent this coming week (commencing 23rd MAY).  Orders received after 20th May could be subject to delay as our courier is expecting the following week (commencing 6th June) to be very busy.

If your order is urgent please let us know and we will see what we can do.

Buy 6 or more tender, half-hardy or exotic plants online and get 20% off

20% off Hardy Shrubs until 30th June

Ilex aquifolium 'Silver Queen'

Common Name: Holly
Plant Family: Aquifoliaceae
Plant Type: Hardy Shrub

20% off Hardy Shrubs until June 30th

A slow growing dense evergreen with striking variegated foliage, eventually forming an impressive small tree. No berries, this is a male variety, but will pollinate nearby female plants. Sun to part shade.

RHS Award of Garden Merit:  Yes
Season of Interest:  All year round
Sun or Shade:  Sun to Part Shade
Height:  large (up to 12 feet)
Minimum temperature:  Hardy
Position/Situation:  Shady Border
Planting Style:  formal
Leaf Colour:  Variegated
Habit/Shape:  Bushy
Evergreen:  Yes
Soil Type:  Heavy/Clay
Soil PH:  No preference
Rabbit & Deer Resistance:  Rabbit Resistant Plants
Resistance to Honey Fungus:  Occasionally Affected


8 in stock  

8 in stock

Price:  £7.60
List Price:  £9.50
Saving Of:  £1.90 (20%)

Hollies are so great for wildlife providing shelter for birds year round, nectar for pollinating insects and berries in winter for the birds to feast on. Female varieties are the ones which bear the berries providing there is male Holly nearby so generally you will need both. Some varieties are self fertile such as Ilex JC Van Tol.

Hollies will grow in most soil types they just don't like sitting in waterlogged soil. They will grow in sun or part shade although variegated ones do best in full sun. They can have a tendency to revert to plain green if they get too much shade. Hollies are slow growing putting on around 10-20cm a year which makes them easy to keep under control. They don't really require much pruning at all just trim back to the desired size when required. Just bear in mind cutting female varieties hard back will probably mean you will miss the berries that year as the pollinated flowers will have been removed.

Mainland UK  £8.50 -£10 Local delivery Postcodes IP1 through to IP8 & CO10 (minimum order value £25) FREE
Seeds & cuttings only  £2 Collect from our Nursery (Elmsett, Suffolk, IP7 6LZ) FREE
Scottish Highlands & offshore Islands From £10 We only send plants & seeds to UK locations (excl. Northern Ireland) Sorry we cannot ship to any other Country due to British Plant Health regulations on the export of plants post Brexit. There are no exceptions unfortunately  


See our delivery information page for details

Unless otherwise indicated our plants are supplied in the following pot sizes according to category. Dimensions refer to either the pot diameter (cm) or volume (litre);

  • Exotics/Conservatory & House Plants, Succulents: mostly as young plants in 9cm (approx. 0.5 litre)  or 1 litre pots
  • Hardy Perennials, Ferns and Grasses: 1 litre (approx. 12cm diameter)
  • Herbs: 9cm (approx. 0.5 litre)
  • Hardy Shrubs and Climbers: 1.5 or 2 litre 
  • Potted Bulbs: variable- please see "Quantity or Pot size" on plant information page 
  • Dormant Bulbs, Tubers and Bare-root perennials come either bagged or wrapped without a pot

The exact size of plants will vary with the growing season and may be cut back in accordance with normal pruning regimes or to fit in the box if they are excessively tall.