The Low Rider Holly (Ilex) is a dynamic landscaping shrub from the Southern Living Plant Collection! It has petite, dark green leaves that grow plentifully and densely. This foliage is evergreen and quite compact. Left untrimmed, it will grow in a naturally rounded shape that matures to 3-4' H x 3-4' W. However, thanks to its small leaves and tight growth, this plant is also perfect for hard trimming. It takes on sharp edges very nicely and can even be shaped into topiary forms. Therefore, it's a welcome addition to formal landscapes as well.
This shrub is far hardier than similar varieties. It's notably disease and insect resistant, so it rarely falls victim to yard-pests or pathogens. Furthermore, it's tolerant of clay soil and salt in its planting location.
Low Rider Holly Care
This variety is hardy from USDA Zones 6-9
It grows best in Full Sun to Partial Shade
It's tolerant of most soil types
Water your new plantings 2-3 times per week for the first growing season
Fertilize with a slow-release, balanced fertilizer in spring
How to Plant:
First, determine your planting location(s) for your new plant.
Next, dig a hole three times the width of your plant’s rootball.
The hole should be deep enough that the top of the plant’s root ball is even with or slightly above the ground.
Mix your native soil with a bag or two of rich garden soil or composted manure to provide additional nutrients for your growing plant.
Fill the hole back in around your plant with the soil mixture.
We also recommend applying 3-4 inches of wood mulch around the base of your plant to help it retain moisture.
Drench your new planting with a hose to settle the soil and hydrate your plant.
Spacing Your Plants:
For a seamless planting, we recommend planting 2 feet apart. This will ensure that they intertwine their foliage nicely. If you'd like space between your plants, plant them 3.5-4 feet apart or more.
Popular Companion Plants for the Low Rider Holly
We recommend planting the Low Rider with plants that will create a rich color contrast. The Sunshine Ligustrum shares a nice rounded growth habit but it also has a very different color and foliage presence in the landscape. The Forever Goldy Arborvitae has a distinctly different color and shape texture that creates a striking contrast with this Ilex. The Gold Mop False Cypress is another great choice that features bright yellow color and a semi-weeping habit.
Plant it with some flowering perennials like Gerbera Daisies or Agapanthus. They'll provide brilliant color that will really pop against the Low Rider's reliable foliage.
Mix them in with some formal upright evergreens like Italian Cypress or Juniper Trees. They'll play off each other's reliable structure to create a truly elegant display.