October 4, 2019

Ivy: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!

Mixed Ivy Container
I must confess I have a love/hate relationship with ivy. I love the various color combinations and leaf shapes that ivy has. I have several colors and types in containers in my garden.
  Now there is where the "hate" part comes into play. Do not turn ivy loose in your yard unless you want it to eat your house! Don't even let it touch the ground when it's planted as an accent in a container.
  Seriously, I have seen old homes in my town that are totally covered in ivy. If left to run rampant it can hold moisture against whatever surface it grows on. Ivy also takes root on almost any surface and can weaken or cause wood to rot.
This Basket Is On Our Studio Porch

BUT....I love it in hanging baskets, either alone or as an accent (see my post on Chrysanthemums) I think my favorite Ivy is the green and white one  I'm sure it has a proper name but I probably couldn't spell it if I knew what it was.  Here are a few pictures of Ivies I have and that are for sale each spring at Mimi's Greenhouse. 

Bird Foot Ivy
Mixed Ivies In a Flowering Container

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