Ivy Hedera Hibernica (irish Ivy) Ground Cover
Irish Ivy (Hedera hibernica)
Irish Ivy (Hedera) is a vigorous, evergreen, self-clinging climber with beautiful five-lobed, glossy, dark green leaves, and small, nectar-rich, greenish-yellow flowers in clusters of rounded heads in autumn, followed by black berries in Winter – all of which brings nature to your garden!
Irish Ivy is particularly useful for covering unsightly walls or fences, or as ground cover in woodland areas, also for adding interest in shaded areas where many other plants will not survive. Birds can create nests in mature Ivy and will enjoy the berries, whilst bees can get their late season fix of nectar and pollen during the Autumn months, (the Ivy Bee in particular is known to primarily feed on Ivy pollen and times its emergence with the Ivy coming into flower). You could pair Ivy Irish with a Clematis Montana to add flowering interest.
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Wonderfully versatile, Ivy Irish ground cover will thrive in full sun, partial shade or full shade. It is remarkably easy to grow, 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 Irish Ivy
Position: Full sun, partial shade, full shade
Soil and site: Any soil except waterlogged
Flowering time: Autumn on mature plants
Growth rate: Moderate
Ultimate height and spread: Height from 800cm to 1200cm, spread from 400cm to 800cm at maturity
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Aftercare: Cut back any unwanted growth in Spring (you can cut back hard as the plants will regenerate from old wood)