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4. Common ivy
It is difficult to name a plant that would be more classic than ivy. This is one of the most ancient cultures in our gardens, without which it is impossible to imagine historical examples of garden art and modern design. It is an absolute favorite among evergreen vines.
Common ivy is an evergreen vine that clings tightly to supports. Thin shoots with aerial roots take root easily at the nodes, the plant constantly grows, although it is distinguished by a rather slow growth rate.
Ivy is very plastic, it can climb supports of any slope and relief, even with a non-standard shape, because it spreads and stretches up equally well. Alternate, lobed, carved, easily recognizable leathery leaves with a bright sheen are the main pride of ivy. The ivy bloom is inconspicuous, it is a purely decorative leafy vine with curly leaves and an ornamental effect. The only drawback of ivy is its toxicity.
- Botanical Name: Hedera helix
- Liana height: from 1 to 20 m
- Creeper flowering period: September-October, only at a respectable age
It is difficult to name a plant so undemanding and easily adaptable than ivy. It is shade-tolerant, although it develops well in bright areas. Common ivy grows better in fertile and fresh soil, but can adapt to poor soil. Fully resistant to draft and wind, not afraid of even the most polluted environment.
Ivy does not need care as such. If there is a prolonged drought, plants can be watered and sprayed to maintain growth and achieve the desired result more quickly. Early spring top dressing keeps the soil nutrient constant. The main task is to control the direction and nature of the ivy braiding of the support. The plant is not afraid of pruning, it is easily guided along the simplest supports.
Ivy are most often propagated by simple cuttings or separation of cuttings and shoots rooted in the nodes from the mother bush.
Ivy is primarily associated with landscaping facades. And today they have no equal as a light, but rapidly growing and constantly creating a decorative canopy plant for decorating houses and architectural structures. The evergreen ivy foliage allows the garden to remain beautiful even during the height of winter. When choosing a gardening option, it is worth remembering that damaged or cracked coatings, unstable finishing materials, ivy can irrevocably destroy.
Ivy climbs equally easily on supports, on walls or structures, and on trunks. It can be used to plant trees on a modest stump, decorate an original support, hide unsightly communications or old trunks. Or you can completely green the walls of a large house.
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