Holly is a most decorative plant, especially when it is old enough to bear the bright red berries. The use of Holly and other evergreens in religious ceremonies dates from pagan times and it is considered in these days a welcome addition to Yule- , tide; in fact it has grown to be a part of Christmas itself. It is hard to nurse the English Holly through a northern Winter unless some protection is given to it. It is a good shrub for the yard, and should be planted where it may be seen from the house; it is far too attractive to waste its sweetness on the desert air, as it well might if planted in the garden, for it is in Winter that it is at its best.
The Native Holly (Ilex opaca) which is found from Massachusetts southwards to Florida grows into a tree ten to thirty feet in height, with a compact head of spreading branches. It is particularly good in Virginia and was used there quite often near the house. It is not often found in northern gardens, although there is no reason why effective and beautiful hedges could not be made of it.
The best small trees and shrubs to plant, in the order named, are:
Evergreen Shrubs Box Holly
Philadelphus Tartarian Honeysuckle Forsythia Viburnum Deutzia Weigelia Hypericum