'Carissa' Holly (Ilex cornuta 'Carissa'), looks like a soft, perfectly shaped green pincushion from a distance. Carissa
stays low and nicely rounded without any trimming. A true dwarf of the
holly species, this plant makes a fine border or mass foundation
Holly stays deep, glossy green all year and makes a lush backdrop for
flowering annuals. It doesn’t give the significant berry show of other
hollies, but makes up for that with its easy-going habits. Carissa' Holly grows best in rich, well-drained, slightly acid soil, and does well in full sun or part shade. Mature height 3 feet and spread of 3 to 4 feet.