Call Jacksons Nurseries on 01782 502741  ORDER HOTLINE: 01782 502741

Home  Home
Buy Ilex aquifolium Silver Milkmaid (Holly) online from Jacksons Nurseries
Buy Ilex aquifolium Silver Milkmaid (Holly) online from Jacksons NurseriesBuy Ilex aquifolium Silver Milkmaid (Holly) online from Jacksons Nurseries

Ilex aquifolium 'Silver Milkmaid' (2L)



Ilex aquifolium 'Silver Milkmaid' is a female Ilex variety. An evergreen variegated holly bearing bronzy young leaves that develop a bright creamy central splash on a bright green background. A superb unusual specimen holly that bears very few red brown berries, however this attractive shrub makes an excellent specimen or hedging plant.

Buying Shrubs from Jacksons Nurseries

At Jacksons Nurseries we sell a variety of shrubs both evergreen and deciduous with a variety of flowering times throughout the year. At certain times of the year our shrubs you buy from us may not look like the images shown on our website when deciduous leaves have fallen, the shrub has finished flowering or has been trimmed back.  

Some leaves on evergreen shrubs can be damaged in winter by frost or harsh winds but in spring new leaves will readily replace those damaged. This is quite normal on many evergreen varieties and is preferable to plants grown with excessive protection that show cold shock once planted out and establish less satisfactory initially.


Ilex aquifolium 'Silver Milkmaid' (2L)

Ilex aquifolium 'Silver Milkmaid' is a female Ilex variety. An evergreen variegated holly bearing bronzy young leaves that develop a bright creamy central splash on a bright green background. A superb unusual specimen holly that bears very few red brown berries, however this attractive shrub makes an excellent specimen or hedging plant.



Ilex aquifolium Silver Milkmaid
4m - 8m
3m - 4m
  • White
Spring - Summer
Fully Hardy
  • Full sun  Full sun
  • Moist Well-drained
  • Well-drained
  • Acid
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
  • Chalk
  • Clay
  • Loam
  • Sand

Shrubs are deciduous or evergreen woody plants, and often provide fragrant flowers, berries and foliage. They are good for structural framework, and they can provide a wonderful shelter and food source for wildlife.

Planting and Conditions

Container grown shrubs can be grown at any time of year. It is a little known fact that shrubs planted in the autumn and winter will be easier to look after than those planted in the spring and summer, because they will have time to establish and become hardy in the cooler months.

Plant the shrub at the same depth as it was in its original pot. Planting too deeply can result in root and stem rot.

One of the biggest causes of death in new shrubs is drought stress, so keep it well watered until it’s established.

Make sure you loosen the soil prior to planting. Most shrubs are tolerant of most soil types as long as it is fairly well draining.

Most shrubs will grow happily in containers, but they will be much more demanding on feeding and watering than shrubs in the ground would be. They will also need potting on every couple of years so that they don’t suffocate or become stunted in their pot.

Aftercare and Pruning

Once established, shrubs generally do not require much water. However, at first they need careful, frequent watering and should not be left to dry out.

Shrubs in the ground are generally not demanding and in most cases, annual feeding with general purpose fertilizer will suffice. Shrubs in containers may need more feeding; usually from early spring until late summer.

Shrubs also benefit from mulching in order to supress weeds, conserve moisture and provide vital nutrients. Mulch also greatly improves soil conditions. Shrubs can be mulched in late winter, after fertiliser has been applied, but it can be mulched through autumn to late spring as long as the ground is damp.

All shrubs benefit from dead-heading once spent flowers become apparent. Rhododendrons and Lilac especially benefit from the removal of dead flowers.

Some shrubs may show signs of reverted growth or ‘sporting’. This is where random shoots of different leaves associated with the plant’s parentage begin to appear. Most commonly this is where plants with variegated leaves sprout pure green growths instead of variegated ones.

To control reversion, remove reverted shoots promptly to discourage them. Reverted shoots are usually much more vigorous than the variegated ones, and thus should be completely pruned out and cut back into wood containing variegated foliage.

Potential Issues

Although shrubs are usually very robust garden plants, they can sometimes start to decline with no apparent or obvious reason.

This will start with browning leaves, which could indicate plant stress due to lack of water or waterlogging, an establishment failure or, in the worst case scenario, honey fungus. Another cause of leaf browning is a high salt content in the soil. This could be a natural occurrence, especially if you live near the ocean, or it could be from over fertilisation.

To remedy a high salt content, cut back on fertiliser and step up your watering regime for the next few weeks. If you live by the ocean, this will be harder to remedy—but stepping up your watering will help to wash some of the salt away all the same. 

Westland Gro-Sure All Purpose Plant Food

CODE: 6185

In stock

Great all round feed for plants, vegetables and flowers in gardens and inside the home. Packed with nutrients for healthy flowers... More 


Westland Fish, Blood and Bone

CODE: 6193

In stock

Ready to use Helps build soil fertility Encourages strong, healthy growth Increases crop yield Nutrient Content... More 


Westland Bonemeal Root Builder

CODE: 6194


Westland Bonemeal is a natural, slow release, organic plant food that is ideal for trees and shrubs. It promotes strong and healthy rooting as well as... More 


Ilex aquifolium 'J.C. van Tol'

CODE: 9224

In stock

Ilex aquifolium 'J.C. van Tol' is a self-fertile Ilex variety. Young branches are dark purple, bearing crinkled, spiny, dark green leaves.... More 


Ilex aquifolium 'Pyramidalis' (7L)

CODE: 3563


Ilex aquifolium 'Pyramidalis' is a self-fertile Ilex variety. An evergreen shrub with yellow-green stems and dark green leaves with a few spines,... More 


Ilex aquifolium 'Silver Queen'

CODE: 9856

In stock

Despite the name Ilex aquifolium 'Silver Queen' is actually a male variety of holly. Mainly grown for its striking variegated foliage as, unlike... More 


Pallet delivery required for 20+ ltr pots

Griselinia littoralis (2L)

CODE: 2163

In stock

Stunning addition to any garden, a shapely dense evergreen shrub of beautiful apple green foliage, with inconspicuous yellow flowers in May. Ideal as a... More 


Amelanchier lamarckii (2L)

CODE: 2291

In stock

This is a showy shrub/small tree that bears masses of wide white flowers throughout spring. It is a deciduous variety with leaves opening coppery-red,... More 


Hydrangea macrophylla 'Bodensee' (2/3L)

CODE: 2296

In stock

This variety has large flowering blue heads which is brought about by planting in acidic soil. if the soil is alkaline then the flowers are pink. This is... More 


Rhododendron yakushimanum 'Bashful' (2/3L)

CODE: 5673

In stock

A beautiful evergreen dwarf rhododendron with delicate pink flowers with a spotted orange throat, it has a compact growth habit making this plant ideal... More 


Hedera helix 'Goldheart' (1.5/2L)

CODE: 1597

In stock

A wonderful, evergreen climber that has lustrous, glossy dark green leaves with impressive, bright golden-yellow centres and tapering edges. In the... More 


Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm' (2L)

CODE: 497


Beautiful, golden-yellow, daisy-like flowers with prominent, strongly-contrasting black centres are produced on tall, erect stems from July right through... More 


Add a Card and Message to your order

CODE: 12640

In stock

Are you buying a gift for a loved one? If so, then why not add a personal message to your purchase. Simply enter your message in the box above and... More 



You might also like:


Subscribe to our newsletter for special deals and exclusive offers   Sign Up Now