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Ivy - English [V+S+B]

Genus: Hedera.

Species: Hedera helix.

Planted mid 70s Vistabile, transplanted to utility wall

Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade
Hardiness: Hardy
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Sandy
Height: 1000cm

A single English ivy plant can find many uses all round the garden. It can be used to cover a wall in shade where few other plants thrive, it can be trained to climb up or spread out along a low wall. Being evergreen, it is perfect for covering pergola poles, or creating a leafy backdrop under clematis and climbing roses that provides winter interest. Or use young plants to train around the outsides of winter hanging baskets. English ivy can be trimmed into shape at any time of year. It is a valuable plant for wildlife and is recommended by the RSPB and loved by Bill Oddie, particularly for providing berries for birds in winter when most others have been eaten. Many insects also feed on the nectar of its white flowers. Be careful when handling it if you have sensitive skin as its sap can be irritating.

Looks good with:
Cyclamen coum
Clematis 'Carnaby'

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Due over 16 years ago:

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Due about 16 years ago:

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Due about 15 years ago:

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Due about 13 years ago:

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Due over 11 years ago:

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Due almost 11 years ago:

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Due over 10 years ago:

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