Hollies are a large, diverse group of plants. Most are evergreen trees or shrubs, but, there are some hollies that shed their leaves for the winter. Hollies prefer full sun to part shade in the landscape, but some such as the American Holly and Winterberry Holly can tolerate shadier conditions. If planted in heavy shade, hollies will grow a little thinner and may not berry as profusely, but provide a nice, open appearance in the garden. Generally speaking, hollies prefer slightly acidic, well-drained soil. Inkberry and Winterberry hollies are the exception to this however. They will grow in even poorly drained soil.