This is a step away from our usual Potting Shed Style posts which have mainly been floral based. This month we felt we had to share our passion for one of the materials we love to use in our stores; ivy, in its various forms. Now some of you will hate the stuff but this could be because the wrong variety is chosen or it is just not managed properly. If taken care of throughout the year, and some of the more vigorous forms kept in check, then it can the most useful of garden plants imaginable. Below is a small selection of ivies that we have used and showcases its versatility.
Hedera Helix “Wonder” forming a neat section of ground cover. Relatively slow growing and forms a thick carpet.
Hedera Helix “Shamrock” forming a neat hedge. Can be trimmed quite brutally whenever necessary and always comes back looking good.
Hedera Helix “Arborescens” just left to its own devices. Will form a wonderful garden shrub. Can be trimmed when required and sometimes can need staking as becomes top heavy.
Hedera Helix “Mein Herz” forming a vertical screen. Fast growing and has a beautiful leaf shape with a lovely dark green colour.
Hedera Helix “Spetchley” forming a natural groundcover. Has tiny leaves and can be a little slow to get going but once established forms an amazing green carpet which is a perfect foil for other garden plants.