Remarkably easy to grow, Ivy (Hedera) ground cover is fully hardy and happy in pretty much any soil and in any degree of sun or shade.  Simply cut back any excess unwanted growth in Spring (it is advisable to wear gloves when doing so as Ivy can be an irritant to skin). Occasionally varieties with coloured, variegated or unusually-shaped leaves will revert to plain green – simply remove these shoots as soon as you see them.

How to grow Ivy

Position: Full sun, partial shade, full shade

Foliage: Evergreen

Soil and site: Any soil except waterlogged

Flowering time: Autumn on mature plants

Growth rate: Moderate

Ultimate height and spread: Height from 100cm, spread up to 5m.

Hardiness: Fully hardy

Aftercare: Cut back any unwanted growth in Spring (you can cut back hard as the plants will regenerate from old wood)