Once a month we will highlight a plant that is both suitable and stylish for the traditional Auckland garden. This month our plant is :

Ilex crenata : Japanese Holly

This beautiful low hedging plant is a perfect alternative to the traditional Buxus sempervirens. A native to the shores of Japan, Korea and eastern China, this elegant evergreen shrub boasts dark glossy green leaves that can bare small black fruit up to 5mm in diameter. Small white four lobed flowers can grace this plant too if the conditions are right.

Ideal as a low forming formal hedge or as a quintessential elegant standard, this plant will certainly be gracing Auckland's more illustrious designer homes in the very near future. Easy to maintain and with style to match, the Ilex crenata is a plant destined for greatness.