Happy Holly-Days from Team Fine Foliage!

Happy Holly-Days from Team Fine Foliage!

Though this is Mahonia ‘Charity’, we can all agree that the blue-green foliage and holly shaped leaf are wonderful for winter appreciation, especially with a fresh coat of frost!

As Team Fine Foliage races toward 2016, we’re busy elves getting each branch, leaf, twig and bough just right for all of the excitement that the upcoming year will bring. With that in mind, it seems fitting to take an up close look at Holly (Ilex) or plants that are “holly-like” for one of the last leafy posts of 2015.
We are always preaching the art of noticing the details on the plants you use in your landscape, in winter it is particularly important. We don’t have the big abundant borders to appreciate from far away so walking the landscape and taking note of the leaf shapes, plant forms, change in colors etc. is a big deal!

Happy Holly-Days from Team Fine Foliage!

Ilex ‘Leprechaun’

Abundant red berries make for happy robins!

Abundant red berries make for happy robins and a showy point to focus on when the rest of the landscape is gray and brown!

Variegated English holly makes a wonderful foliage contrast year round. Paired with this pine and the last remnants of miscanthus blooms its a lovely textural combination.

Variegated English holly makes a wonderful foliage contrast year round. Paired with this pine and the last remnants of miscanthus blooms its a lovely textural combination.

Red twig dogwood stems shoot up near this mahonia sporting extremely red winter color!

Red twig dogwood stems shoot up near this mahonia sporting extremely red winter color!

The wonderfully named 'Hedgehog' holly is wonderfully detailed!!

The wonderfully named ‘Hedgehog’ holly is wonderfully detailed!!


You’re RIGHT! That’s not a holly above! But, we’re glad you were paying attention to detail. 🙂 This cute as can be miniature garden was created by the queen of miniature gardens and author of the best-selling Gardening in Miniature from Timber Press.

Team FINE FOLIAGE wishes you all the joys of the season and we look forward to bringing you design deliciousness as we look ahead to 2016! CHEERS!!!

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4 thoughts on “Happy Holly-Days from Team Fine Foliage!

  1. margist

    I’ve never seen a mahonia turn red all over like that! Impressive! What type is it? Or is there a specific set of circumstances that causes the red color?

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