|What climbs, trails or
makes useful ground cover, comes in
different shapes and colours, is evergreen, hardy and happy in shade?
ivies (or hedera to give the genus name) have such a combination of
Contrary to common belief, there are hundreds of varieties of hedera, large and small, an assortment of leaf shapes and many are variegated. Hedera are not the poison ivy, which is Toxicondendron radicans, and you will have to search for a case of true ivies doing any harm. Furthermore, they do not damage walls in good condition.
The ivies are sadly under-rated plants which can be included with considerable advantage in almost every garden.
The "photograph" above is a scan of a real piece of ivy
JOIN THE IVY ENTHUSIASTS
The American Ivy Society is entrusted by the International Commission for the Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants as the registration authority for Hedera
Find out about the AIS at http://www.ivy.org
These pages also have information on growing ivies
ALL ABOUT IT
An excellent book to learn just about everything you need to know about ivies is
The Gardener's Guide to Growing Ivies
by Peter Q Rose
Published by David and Charles
|WHERE TO SEE OR BUY IVIES|
|NATIONAL COLLECTIONS IN THE UK
Erddig (The National Trust)
For American sources see
And there are 100 varieties at Brownhill House
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