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Mixing Colors in The Garden for Beautiful Results

When it comes to garden perennials, mixing colors are beautiful in your landscaping theme. 

Perennial choices that go great together are the red and blue lobelia, yellow and purple iris, and many daylilies accent one another well.

Perennials are excellent because they reproduce and come back every year. Annuals must be replanted yearly and do not do as well as perennials.

Affordable gardening means planting perennials is much better than opting for annuals for a one-time bloomer.

For Shady spots, it's nice to put in groundcovers where little else will grow also. English Ivy and Vinca Minor are excellent vine plants, and both love the shade. They can tolerate some sunlight but also thrive in shady spots. Vinca Minor, also called Periwinkle and Myrtle, blooms in the early spring season with a delicate lavender bloom. These evergreen groundcovers stay green year long too. With Its many advantages, it's no wonder the Vinca Minor perennial vine is a great seller.

Do you have a hillside or erosion of the soil on a steep bank? When planted in the thick, dense cluster (1/2 foot apart), groundcovers and vines will stop the soil from eroding from the bank. They are also great for lower maintenance areas like the hillsides, where it's a talk just to weed eat. They will grow in thick clusters prohibiting weeds and other small plants from coming up, so little maintenance is needed where you plant these vines close together.

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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 English Ivy is a woody evergreen perennial vine and foliage plant that grows easily 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, the word “hedera” refers to the ability to grasp, which is in keeping with the vine’s nature. Habitat Of English Ivy 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 and on trees and up the sides of rocky cliffs, favoring moist, shady areas out of the sun. Appearance Of English Ivy 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. Cultivation Of English Ivy 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 grows quickly, 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. Ecology Of English Ivy 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 it sometimes attracts nearby deer. English Ivy Can Be a Wonderful Addition to Your Garden Hedera helix is a beautiful evergreen vine with a rich history. When you plant it in your garden, you can enjoy its charming English character all year.

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