The Hollies of our gardens are forms of Ilex Aquifolium, the common Holly, which is too familiar to call for description. Its use for hedges is dealt with in Chapter 24., for planting in shade in Chapter 25. It should be carefully knife-pruned towards the end of winter. Thriving in most soils, it grows freely when established, but in its early years moves slowly. Nurserymen offer many forms, of which the following are some of the best: Broad Silver, Camelliaefolia, Donningtonensis, ferox (Hedgehog Holly) and the sub-forms f. argentea and f. aurea, flavescens (yellow berries), Golden King, Golden Queen, Handsworthiensis, Hodginsii, Madame Briot, pendula argentea variegata (weeping variegated), scotica, Silver Queen and Watereriana. While most good ordinary soil suits Holly it does not care for a poor dry soil. Planting and shifting are best done during damp weather in April or August. Holly does well in town gardens if kept clean, and also at the seaside. Ilex cornuta, the horned Holly; and I. dipyrena are worth growing. See also new plants.