Plant of the month
PUBLISHED: 10:08 17 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:35 20 February 2013
• A hardy, evergreen climber, Ivy has attractive lobed leaves in a range of colours from acid yellow to silver and many shades of green.
• Ivy prefers well-drained, slightly alkaline soil, although it is on the whole fairly
tolerant. Silver and gold ivies prefer partial to full sun but Hedera helix Oro di bogliasco will tolerate shade.
• Ideal for covering unattractive brickwork and fencing, variegated varieties can also make a sharp style statement against a strongly coloured background.
• Prune in spring or early summer to keep vigorous plants compact and bushy.
• Ivy is great for wildlife, providing nesting sites for birds in spring and an autumn nectar source for butterflies including Red Admirals and Peacocks. In winter beneficial bugs such as ladybirds and lacewings hibernate in its dense foliage.