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By Jan65

North East England, United Kingdom Gb

Can ivy be planted as ground cover? I have a couple of problem areas where I just want to cover the soil with something easy that can be cut back when necessary.



yes there are some lovely ones for use as ground cover, in a range of leaf form and colour.

18 May, 2010


Thanks Seaburngirl - I already have some ivy plants that I bought to put elsewhere and changed my mind, and then thought of this possible solution. Do they have to be specifically for ground cover, or could I just use the ones I've got? I don't know what variety they are but they're yellow and green variegated.

18 May, 2010


Any varieties will be fine - the ones you've got sound great. Variegated plants tend to grow more slowly than all green ones as there's no chlorophyll that the plants need to make materials for growth where they're not green, but slower growing is better in this case IMHO.

18 May, 2010


Just keep your pruning shears handy, Jan, if the ground cover area abuts tree trunks or walls!

19 May, 2010


Thank you all for your suggestions, and I'll keep those shears handy!

19 May, 2010

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