Vines For Zone 6
How To Care For and Grow English Ivy Vine
The English ivy Vine is classified as the helix here. These particular plants are evergreen perennials that are also known as woody vines. There are many benefits to having the English ivy Vine on and around your property, but you should fully understand all the characteristics of this unique plant before you decide to plant it, to realize later it was not the plant you were expecting. Here are some tips on how to care for and how to properly grow the English ivy Vine in and around your home.
English ivy plants work mainly well as ground covers on your property. They can spread across the ground horizontally for a considerable distance and can reach almost eight inches in height. They help to prevent soil erosion because of the reliable quality of the plant. Once they have taken root and began to crawl, the strength of the ivy is significant. This helix hedra grows particularly well in hardy growing zones and can climb to substantial heights due to the aerial rootlets attached to the vine.
The unique climbing qualities of the English ivy allow it to climb to some pretty amazing heights; some cases have been reporting well more than 50 feet or more. The vine tends to have small greenish flowers that buds occasionally, but the main attraction of this type of plant is the climbing ability. They are mainly known as a ground cover plant because they can fill in a decent bare area very nicely in a short period. They work exceptionally well for properties that have steep hillsides and have trouble maintaining a decent growing cover or foliage that will support those types of conditions.
To keep the English ivy Vine manageable it is recommended to trim it during the spring season. The English ivy thrives in both sunlight and shade, making it a trendy choice amongst landscapers. In areas of your yard where certain plants or grass have trouble growing, the English ivy can fill in amazingly well. One concern is if left unattended, they can slowly climb trees and eventually take over the entire trunk and branches. They can strangle the life out of leaves because they deprive them of the sunlight. You can trim back English ivy at the ground level if you feel it has taken over a particular area and you are concerned about fortress or plant life. Cutting the ivy at ground level deprives the vine of water, an eventually the strands of ivy will wither and fall off.
The popularity of the English ivy Vine lies in its ability to spread on the ground and cover difficult areas of property like steep hillsides. They are exceptionally well at preventing soil erosion due to the strength of the vines and thrive in hardy growing zones across the country.
Because of the way it covers the ground and its dense growth, Vinca Minor Vine is excellent for a lush green groundcover for gardens and areas where the goal is to suppress weed growth. The fact that it can produce flowers in the spring, summer, and fall and is easy to grow to make it very popular. However, once it is established the plant is hard to eradicate, so cultivation should not be undertaken lightly.
However, if you are looking for a plant that is great for a lush green groundcover while still suitable for cultivating in hardy growing zones, as well as a plant which flowers throughout three of the four seasons, then Vinca Minor Vine is a wise choice.