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English Ivy - Plant Care and Guide | TN Nursery

English Ivy

Gardeners who want to add clinging or climbing plants to their landscape should look no farther than the English Ivy plant. This plant is natural to grow and adheres to any surface such as brick, concrete, tree bark, or wood. Below is an overview of English Ivy and successfully adding it to any home garden or landscape setting.

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History

This lovely climbing plant dates back to 1727 when European colonists planted it as a ground cover because of its lush, green foliage. A member of the Araliaceae family, it is native to Russia and Europe and is now sold all over the United States as an ornamental, perennial vine.

Habitat

English Ivy grows in the eastern and western portions of the United States. It is typically found growing in habitats such as forests, edges of fields, cliffs, and on hills and steep slopes.

Growth

English Ivy plant is an evergreen climbing vine. When vines are climbing, they can reach heights of 90 feet or more. If they are planted as ground cover, they typically grow between 6 and 8 inches in height. English Ivy is hardy from USDA planting zones 4 to 9.

Description

The leaves of this perennial vine are waxy and dark green. They may have a leathery feel and have white-colored veins running through them. Leaves might be 3 to 5 lobed or not lobed. English Ivy typically flowers during the late summer or early fall, with each flower being small and light green or yellow. This plant also produces fruit that is usually dark purple or black.

Plants With A Similar Appearance

Several different plants are very similar to English Ivy in appearance, such as:

Boston Ivy

Persian Ivy

Virginia Creeper

Irish Ivy

Indoor Growth

English Ivy plants can also be grown indoors in hanging baskets. While it is beautiful, English Ivy is also a helpful tool for those who suffer from allergies because it reduces mold inside the home.

Home gardeners looking for a vine to climb on an outdoor trellis or fence should consider English Ivy. It also works well planted around outdoor patios or decks or as a ground cover plant. This perennial vine is easy to grow and adds a pop of lush, green color anywhere it is planted.

You can purchase your English Ivy today at TN Nursery.

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15 Ground Cover Favorites

The Nursery proudly offers the chance to purchase a ground cover grab bag containing ten healthy plants. This option allows each customer to have a horticulture specialist determine which ground cover plants will perform best in their U.S.D.A. growing zone. PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE ARE A COLLECTION OF PLANTS, NOT SPECIFIC PLANT TYPES. WE CHOOSE TYPES THAT WORK BEST FOR YOUR ZONE ACCORDING TO YOUR ZIP CODE Our horticulturists assess your zone and then hand-select your order. You will receive a surprise that includes a variety of 10 beautiful plants. T.N. Nursery specializes in growing species that are easy to care for and suitable for gardeners of every skill level. All The Ground Cover Favorites for Your Garden Floor This collection features several fantastic plants that you can use to cover your garden. These low plants grow along the world and easily cover broad space patches. They're a popular alternative for grass, and they also look pretty attractive when worked into landscaping features. We offer diverse options ranging from understated covers that fade into the background to eye-catching covers with unusual colors and features. The one thing all of these plants have in common is that they do a great job of growing along the earth's floor and providing even coverage across your landscape. Exciting Ways & Places To Plant The Ground Cover Favorites These versatile plants work in many situations. Some landscapers like to use them instead of grass to create a unique and beautiful-looking lawn. Others use them as coverage in between taller plants in flower beds. You can also design landscapes with dense clusters of these plants as borders for trees, sidewalks, patios, and more. Try one of our options in any situation where you might enjoy a low plant with high coverage. Many different types of plants are available for property owners who need coverage for their earth floors. The best ones have a few attributes that help them stand out. Their dense coverage ensures your yard gets a lush coat of leaves and greenery instead of bare dirt peeking through. Good plants for coverage also tend to have a relatively short and regular appearance. They provide a low, even coating that coats the floor without distracting from the rest of your land. TN Nursery Has Some Fantastic Ground Cover Favorites When you want to find great plants to blanket your earth floor, check out our Ground Cover Favorites. We've looked far and wide to find the most popular options. These iconic plants are well-liked by both professional landscapers and amateur gardeners. When you choose from this bunch of plants, you can be confident you'll get an excellent option that blankets your floor with a lot of beautiful, natural greenery.

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English Ivy - TN Nursery

English Ivy

English Ivy is a low-growing ground cover plant; it has glossy, heart-shaped leaves and produces small, inconspicuous brownish-purple flowers nestled among its dense, carpet-like foliage. It is a fantastic and versatile plant with several landscaping benefits. This evergreen vine is native to Europe and Western Asia and is widely embraced for its aesthetic appeal, adaptability, and practical applications. English Ivy is a woody evergreen perennial vine and foliage plant proliferating on vertical surfaces like trees, walls, fences, and trellises. The ancient Greeks believed the plant was sacred to the god Dionysus, and pagan druids revered it as a symbol of the divine feminine. In classical Latin, “hedera” refers to the ability to grasp, which is in keeping with the vine’s nature. English Ivy Loves Shade Native to Europe, Scandinavia, and parts of Russia, the Hedera helix is nearly ubiquitous in Britain and is naturalized and prolific in many regions of the United States. In the wild, the plant grows under, on trees, and up the sides of rocky cliffs, favoring moist, shady areas out of the sun. Mature Hedera helix vines typically grow up to 80 feet tall and span a three- to five-foot width. Their climbing stems bear young, five-lobed leaves, while their fertile stems bear adult, spade-shaped leaves. These deep-green leaves can vary in size between two and four inches long. The top of the plant will often develop clusters of small, greenish-yellow flowers that bloom from late summer until late autumn. These nectar-rich blossoms will eventually yield a crop of small purple-black to orange-yellow berries that persist into winter. English Ivy Kills Weeds Its bright green foliage can add all-season color to any landscape and beautify forlorn spaces. Its vines can be trained to climb many stable vertical surfaces or grown as a ground cover to suppress weeds. Since Hedera helix proliferates, it can make a good screen on a fence or trellis. When carefully grown on exterior building walls, it can protect their surfaces from exposure to bad weather and help regulate the temperature. Within the United States, Hedera helix can provide food and habitat for wildlife. Butterflies and moths eat their leaves, bees feed on their flowers’ nectar, and birds eat their berries in winter. The foliage often shelters insects and small animals and sometimes attracts nearby deer. English Ivy Is An Evergreen Hedera helix is a beautiful evergreen vine with a rich history. When you plant it in your garden, you can enjoy its charming English ivy character all year.

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