English Ivy Plants
Characteristics of English Ivy Plants:
English ivy plants can act as groundcovers, spreading horizontally and reaching 8" inheight. But they are alsoclimbers,due to their aerial rootlets, which allow them to climb
to heights of 50' or more. They will eventually bear insignificant greenish flowers but aregrown primarily for their evergreen foliage.
Care for English Ivy Plants:
Trim them in the spring, to keep them manageable and discourage bacterial leaf spot.Spray with insecticidal soap and horticultural oil as necessary to control mites.
Sun and Soil Requirements for English Ivy Plants:
Grow in a well-drained soil in part shade to full shade.
Uses for English Ivy Plants in Landscape Design:
Their ability to grow in shade has made English ivy plants a traditional groundcover for problematic areas under trees, where most grasses do not grow well. Their vigorous,dense grow habit makes them an effective groundcover where the object is to crowd outweeds. On slopes, they can be used for erosion control. Some take advantage of theclimbing ability of these vines to use them to cover a wall, while others grow them inhanging baskets, letting them cascade over the sides.
Caveats in Growing English Ivy Plants:
English ivy plants have fallen out of favor in many circles in North America, where theyare consideredinvasive plants.These days, it seems as many people wish to learn how to
get rid of them as wish to grow them. They are also poisonous plants.
English Ivy Plants in History:
In the Christmas carol, "The Holly and The Ivy," we see a symbolism with these twoevergreen plants that derives from pagan times. While the druids thought of holly asmasculine and suggestive of a male deity, English ivy plants for them represented femaledivinity.