English Ivy – Hedera helix
English Ivy can grow to be 50 feet or even longer, but they get to this length very slowly. The first two years, they will grow what seems to be very little, but by their third year of maturity, their growth rate increases significantly. English Ivy is a long vine with three-point arrow-shaped leaves, and it can add a quaint, classy, and natural look to the space it occupies. It doesn’t have to climb to be beautiful, though; it also makes a lovely ground cover or as a hanging basket. English Ivy should be planted in Spring, and it is extremely low maintenance. Before they are established, all they need is for their soil to be moist; after they are established, they will tolerate dry ground very well. This is great news for anyone growing English Ivy that is climbing, because you do not need to be able to reach the highest parts of the plant to be able to take good care of it. This plant can be grown in climate zones 5-11 and prefers partial to full sun, but does just fine in a shady area. English Ivy looks perfect on its own, but is also good among other climbing plants, such as sweet pea, wisteria, or jasmine–its broad, dark green leaves provide a perfect complement to colorful flowers. As a ground cover, it looks best with wild flowers, such as forget-me-nots or violets. It is extremely versatile in this way, and these hardy, beautiful plants will add a look of sophistication to any home or garden.