Royal Family Holly Combo (Ilex x meserveae ‘Blue Princess’ / Ilex x meserveae ‘Blue Prince’)
Royal Family Holly Combo
Red winter berries! We’ve taken both the Female and Male varieties of Blue Holly broadleaf evergreens and carefully grown them together in the same container – creating this fantastic 2-in-1 Royal Family Holly Combo (lex x meserveae ‘Blue Princess and Ilex x meserveae ‘Blue Prince’)! You’ll be ensured of proper pollination needed for the very best display of those classically showy red Holly berries.
The display begins in spring with tiny white flowers, that slowly transition into round green fruit that ripens to eye-catching red. The effect of bright red against the glossy green foliage is breathtaking, especially when contrasted against the winter snow or against the muted tones of the dormant season.
Elegant broadleaf evergreen Blue Hollies really look sophisticated all year long, with their incredibly shiny, dark blue-green, serrated leaves and deep purple stems. They feature those distinctive spines along the toothed margins. You’ll instantly recognize the unique shape of the Holly foliage – long celebrated in literature and folklore!
This lovely broad-leaved evergreen plant combo makes the perfect screening plants, barrier plants, or specimen plantings! The Royal Family Holly Combo grows into an elegant broad-leaved evergreen. It easily elevates the tone of your landscape with its densely held formal foliage. The high-gloss leaves bounce reflected sunlight to marvelous effect.
This is an excellent choice to use to create living walls for outdoor rooms in your garden. Create a Secret Garden or outdoor dining room using these dense, ornamental evergreens for screening. These formal plants create a beautiful screening hedge or grouping and give you effortless year-round privacy. Plant them 3 feet apart on center for a dense hedge. You’ll measure from the center of one to the center of the next.
Use an odd number of plants to create a focal point grouping in the lawn or try one on either side of your entryway. No matter where or how you use the Royal Family Holly Combo, you’ll add much-needed, year-round structure to your garden design. Use them strategically to direct traffic as a beautiful barrier plant. Those spines on the leaves will easily keep people in line without shouting or making a fuss about it.
Live in deer country? They don’t like to bother with Royal Family Holly. But local songbirds will love its berries (which are not edible for humans). Create bird-friendly shelterbelts that slow wind, reduce noise, and hold back drifting snow!
If you prefer a more informal look, simply expand the space between them to 5 feet. Allow them to grow in their full, natural style. Try Royal Family Holly plants as a gorgeous evergreen backdrop on the north side of a colorful mixed shrub border or perennial border. These special plants are great as anchor plants on a corner of a house or garage and will work beautifully around the patio. They look wonderful planted on the edge of a woodland where they will get plenty of sunlight!
Holly is one of the most sought-after plants for its beauty as a landscape plant with winter interest. Grow several of them – You’ll want to trim armloads of berry-bedecked branches each year for lavish indoor decorations and for your outdoor containers, too. Greet guests in high style!
Blue Hollies love moist, well-drained soil. Plant in full sun or partial shade and give your plants a moderate amount of regular water. It’s best to water the soil, not the foliage. Provide a layer of mulch over the root system to keep the soil cool and moist. They love a sunny or partially shaded location. Add moisture as needed to keep the plants stress-free for the very best performance.
If you suspect poor drainage, mound up additional soil to 18″ – 24″ above grade and plant directly in that mound. You can also plant in a raised bed to improve drainage.
Blue Holly doesn’t require special care but adapts well to yearly pruning. Wearing gloves to protect your hands, lightly prune your plants in the fall by cutting long branches for your pots and urns for winter decoration. You will love enjoying the beautiful foliage and berries.
Reach beneath the canopy and trim a long branch with bright red berries on it. Aim to select branches that are crossing. Your goals are three-fold: 1. gather the berries 2. increase air circulation into the interior of the shrub and 3. increase sunlight penetration into the center of your shrub. If the plants need more pruning for shape or size control, it can be done in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. For the most attractive result, please stagger the depth of your pruning cuts, and do not use electric trimmers. It’s worth the time to hand prune these beautiful plants.
Everyone should have one of these historic and beautiful specimens in their yard! How proud you will be to show off your healthy Royal Family Holly Combo with its rich, year-round, blue-green evergreen color and red berries in fall and winter.
|Royal Family Holly Combo
|Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Princess' / Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Prince'
|6 - 10 ft.
|6 - 8 ft.
|Full Sun, Partial Shade