The dense evergreen leaves provide a safe haven for wildlife through the winter and shelter for birds. If you are lucky enough to have berries, they provide a food source for birds too.
The leaves are also a larval food source for some butterflies and moths including the Holly blue butterfly, and flowers on the female plant are great for attracting pollinators.
Ideal in a woodland area, wildlife garden or hedgerow in sun, shade or part shade.
The Holly bush is slow growing and although the leaves on young bushes are spiky, as they get older the edges become smoother. Holly is traditionally used in Christmas decorations.