A black planter containing a standard holly bush and bright red geraniums set against a white stucco wall.

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A black planter containing a standard holly bush and bright red geraniums set against a white stucco wall.

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer Holly plants can start out as small, dainty little shrubs, but depending on type, they can reach heights from 8 to 40 feet (2 to 12 m.). With some holly types having a growth rate of 12-24 inches (30-61 cm.) per year, finding companion plants for growing holly bushes can be a challenge. With preferences of slightly acidic, moist soils in partly shaded locations, planting under holly bushes that are more established can also be a challenge. Continue reading to learn more about planting under holly bushes. About Holly Companions The three commonly grown types of holly are American holly (Ilex opaca), English holly (Ilex aquifolium), and Chinese colly (Ilex cornuta). All three are evergreens that will grow in partially shaded locations. American holly is hardy in zones 5-9, can grow 40-50 feet (12-15 m.) tall and 18-40 feet (6-12 m.) wide. English holly is

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