Ivy, an easy climbing plant with traces of eternity

Varnished shutters half closed with a wall covered in ivy.

Ivy, whether outdoors or indoors, is a climbing or covering vine that is sometimes invasive…

Important Ivy facts

NameHedera helix
Family – Araliaceae
Type – climbing vine

Height – 16 to 65 feet (5 to 20 m)
Exposure – full sun, part sun, shade
Soil – ordinary

Foliage – evergreen

Caring for ivy is easy since it adapts to all types of soil and pleases itself most anywhere.

Planting ivy

Favor planting in fall or spring and avoid freezing temperatures.

Water abundantly especially at the beginning.

Pruning ivy

Let the ivy climb both as ground and wall cover.

You can trim it easily if it grows too large, and this doesn’t alter its growth.

Ivy and landscaping

The main appeal of ivy is in its reliable, hardy evergreen leafage. It’s a favorite to create a deep green backdrop against which other colorful plants can stand out.

There are scores of ways to use it, from the usual wall-covering to smother an otherwise ugly surface, to setting up along fences and tunnels.

Archways and sculptures made of wrought iron are always stunning when paired with lush, green ivy. It’s as if the emerald colors of the vine and the sheer brute force of iron and steel make each other feel alive.

Ivy on a fence made of wrought iron.

Learn more about ivy

Ivy leaves stay green under snow on a brick wall.Illustrious on ancient manors, ivy is an excellent wall cover that can grow to unfathomable sizes.

Hardy and rather fast-growing, it will reach a point where getting rid of it will be a real challenge… Cutting off large stems and consistently removing any new shoots immediately will wear the plant out over about two years.

Grow ivy as an addition to an indoor living plant wall. Slow growth and thick leaves will ensure a lot of greenery!

Best is to grow it in suspensions or garden boxes to keep  it under control.

Smart tip about ivy

Take care because ivy can damage walls, especially if they’re old and friable. Roots thread their way between bricks and stones and disjoint them.

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Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Ivy on brick wall (also on social media) by Rd Honde ★ under Pixabay license
Wrought iron fence with ivy by Cornelia Gerhardt under Pixabay license
Snow-covered ivy by psycho_sweetie23, private agreement
Hard black berries (also on social media) by Rosalyn & Gaspard Lorthiois, own work