The lush berries paint the evergreen bushes red through fall and winter.


Little Goblin™ Holly

1-Quart
Item # 35263
$22.95
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Ilex verticillata Little Goblin™

Plant Patent Applied For: Cultivar Name 'NCIV1'.

While most Holly trees feature small red berries tucked underneath of their eaves, Little Goblin™ is uniquely prolific, with a smaller form that is positively bursting with berries, the red fruit overshadowing the leaves and creating a welcoming sight for every songbird around!

This compact variety is ideal for the residential landscape. It makes an excellent specimen, mass planting, or row beside a driveway or walking path. The berry-laden branches also make beautiful cuts for arrangements!

The first ever tetraploid winterberry, this dwarf variety is also exceptionally hardy and easy to care for. It thrives in a wide variety of conditions, including almost any soil type and climate. It loves moist (even wet) soil, and stands up to hot summers and cold winters with equal resilience. Zones 3 to 9.

NOTE: For the best fruiting, set a male pollinator (like Mr. Poppins™) nearby.

Genus Ilex
Species verticillata
Variety Little Goblin™
ItemForm 1-Quart
Zone 3 - 9
Habit Compact
PlantHeight 3 ft - 5 ft
PlantWidth 3 ft - 5 ft
AdditionalCharacteristics Berries, Bird Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Evergreen, Fall Color, Fast Growing, Gift
BloomColor White
FoliageColor Dark Green, Medium Green
LightRequirements Full Sun, Part Shade
MoistureRequirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Deer Resistance, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
SoilTolerance Clay, Normal,  loamy, Poor, Sandy
Uses Border, Containers, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Hedge, Ornamental, Privacy
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Arizona
Deer Resistant Trees

As the deer population has boomed and food has become scarcer, they have become more aggressive. In some areas deer will strip your garden bare, leaving nothing green or flowery behind. While there is no such thing as a completely deer-proof garden, there are some effective things you can do to protect your garden from these hungry animals.

Use physical barriers


A High Fence
Deer can jump pretty high, but a fence higher than eight feet (higher on an up-slope) and flush with the ground will keep any deer out.

Electric Fences
They are a much easier and less expensive solution. Deer generally will not try to jump electric fences, but will rather try to climb through the wires, receiving a deterring shock.

Bird-Netting
An even less extreme physical option is to put bird netting over your larger and more susceptible plants.

Plant Deer-resistant Varieties

Herbs, some conifers, and many flowers are some of the best deer-resistant plants. More fragrant plants will often deter predation. Planting just a few deer-resistant plants will limit grazing of your other plants. Remember, "deer-resistant" does not mean deer-proof. A hungry animal will eat just about anything.

Having a dog In the Family

Dogs Keep Deer Away Owning a dog, especially a big dog will almost always keep deer from approaching your home. Just the scent of the dog will keep most deer away, and if your dog lives outside you will probably never see any deer.

For most gardeners, it is a combination of different solutions that works best. Every gardener has to find the solution that works best in their garden.

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Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:


1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".

2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.

3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.

4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.