There are certain plants that only a gardener could love -- and only a subset of gardeners, at that. You know the kind I mean: mousy plants that elite gardeners fuss over, but which do not excite the general public.
Then there are plants that stand up to be counted, exercising a fascination over gardeners and non-gardeners alike. Some turn heads due to their colorful flowers; others garner attention through their striking forms.
Sky Pencil holly (Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil') resides in the latter camp. It is one of those rare shrubs with an exaggeratedly columnar form. This evergreen makes an architectural statement just by showing up. More importantly, there are tons of landscape design uses for a columnar evergreen shrub that is relatively compact and that retains its shape with a minimal amount of maintenance from you. 'Sky Pencil' holly is a winner in my book.
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