"Things have to get worse before they can get better." The wisdom behind that expression is especially apparent right now, at winter solstice time. Find out what I mean by reading this article, which relates the charming Celtic tale of the Oak King and the Holly King (and also discusses growing holly in the landscape): http://landscaping.about.com/cs/winterlandscaping1/a/holly_trees.htm
'Nellie R. Stevens' holly is commonly used as a specimen tree or in a "living wall" privacy screen when planted 4 to 5 feet apart. The Nellie R Stevens Holly is adapted to many environmental conditions with its superior level of shade and drought tolerance.
America's Most Popular Holly - - Ideal for creating a hedge or privacy screen - Disease & Pest Resistant - Award winning! American Holly Trees can be trimmed as a foundation hedge or as a secure, tall privacy fence. They require minimal watering and grow in a variety of climates. Resists mildew, disease and insects....
The Ideal Evergreen Hedge - • Easy to grow • Drought tolerant, once established • Low maintenance • Pest & disease resistant • Adapts to many soils This all around American winner is naturally adapted to growing in native USA soil. Unlike other holly trees, this specimen evergreen tree... American Holly Tree
Nellie Stevens Holly Trees low-maintenance, fast growing evergreen- and it practically thrives on neglect. Just plant it and watch it grow, up to 3 feet per year. You simply trim it to match whatever height you prefer. possible backyard privacy hedge or single bush in front yard