Answer: English holly (Ilex aquifolium) tolerates more sunshine than other hollies, and all hollies grow best in rich, moist, acidic soils. If you can keep the roots cool with a layer of organic mulch, and keep your holly well-watered during the hottest months of the year, it should grow well in a sunny spot. As a matter of fact, hollies grown in full sunshine generally produce more berries. Ilex 'Mondo' is a cross between Ilex aquifolium and a cold-tolerant species from Japan. Because of its parentage, it will tolerate full sunshine and the cold winters in your gardening region. It is a male, so don't expect to see berries!
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