More about the Soft Touch Holly...
Soft Touch Holly, a member of the Japanese Holly family (Ilex crenata), is a low growing, mounding evergreen shrub with small, rounded, boxwood-like, soft-textured, dark green leaves.
It's naturally dense and mounding habit to about 2-3 feet in height with a spread of 3-4 feet, and the fact that it responds very well to shearing, makes the Soft touch Holly one of the best evergreen shrubs for use in foundation plantings. The shrub can be kept to about half its mature size with regular pruning or shearing. It can also be useful as an underplanting for mid-size trees such as Crape Myrtle and Japanese Maples, or as a low-growing natural to formal hedge.
Culture & Care Tips
The Soft Touch Holly is easy to grow in locations that provide well-drained acidic soil and full sun to light shade. Avoid planting in soils that remain consistently soggy as this will cause problems with the roots. It is drought tolerant when established only requiring supplemental irrigation during prolonged periods of drought during summer.
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Most Helpful Reviews
BeautifulMay 6th 2015
Plants arrived in perfect condition. They make a really nice small border hedge. It is nice to be able to get exactly what I am looking for and can not find locally.
Reply from Gardener Direct:
Hi Ann - Thanks so much for taking the time to provide us and visitors to Gardener Direct with your review. We're glad to hear you were pleased with the Soft Touch Holly. We first saw this plant back in the early 90's, when it was yet to have come available on the market, and we instantly fell in love with them. They are exceptionally attractive plants in the landscape that form a nice, soft-textured mound. The only "problem" we've seen with them over the past two decades is that they, like with so many other ornamental shrubs, can develop root rot in oversaturated, constantly soggy soil. So we always recommend planting them in sites that have well-drained soil. Let us know if there's ever anything else we can help you with. We're at your service!
Love themApril 25th 2014
This was my second order of these plants. They make a perfect border hedge.
PERFECTApril 25th 2014
The plants arrived in perfect condition, and are thriving. Couldn't be happier.
Great little plantsApril 16th 2014
I ordered and received three of these late last summer. They came fast, packaged with tlc and had a healthy appearance. In the ground they went. I live in NJ and we had one of the worst winters this past season - I could barely see them for most of it. My understanding is that the deer were worse than ever this year, eating things they normally wouldn't because of the lack of food in our region. Unfortunately for me, my soft touch holly got a bit of a nibble, but they are recovering beautifully. It is April, the sun is shining (mostly) and I can see them filling out a bit. Sturdy plants, a beautiful green, highly recommend!
Soft Touch HollyOctober 28th 2012
everything was received in great condition and already has new growth
holly orderMay 7th 2012
This was my first time ordering from Gardener Direct. Great product , fast shipping. I would certainly recommend to a friend, and will order again.
ThanksMay 22nd 2011
The one gallon soft touch holly plants were in excellent shape and were packaged perfectly.