Garden Gate: George Washington liked holly berry, and so do I

Holly Berries

Just driving home from the grocery store with goodies for tonight’s dinner, I was thinking about just how brown all of the landscapes looked. Then I rounded the bend and spotted a large group of holly berry trees. What a happy surprise! These evergreen trees look good all year but especially cheer you up in February when they are chock full of red, red holly berries.

An interesting article in Gardening Know How reminded me that the holly family includes a huge and diverse group of shrubs and trees. The holly plant ranges from as short as 18 inches and as tall as a 60-foot tree. Some of their leaves are spiny and some are soft. Some of the leaves are green while some are variegated. The overall distinction is that holly plants are either evergreen or deciduous (lose their leaves in winter).

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Joette Reger can be reached by e-mail at joreger [at] msn [dot] com.