Hedera helix

English ivy

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Plant type

Evergreen climber

Flower colour



Attractive seed-heads, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


Hedera helix

Plant details

English ivy, Hedera helix, has many uses all round the garden. It can be used to cover shady walls and trained to climb up or spread out along a low wall. Being evergreen, Hedera helix is perfect for covering pergola poles, or creating a leafy backdrop beneath clematis and climbing roses.

Use young plants to spill around the outsides of containers and winter hanging baskets. Hedera helix can be trimmed into shape at any time of year. It's a valuable wildlife plant, providing a late source of nectar and pollen for insects, and berries for birds in winter. Be careful when handling it if you have sensitive skin as its sap can be irritating.

Family: Araliaceae

Genus: Hedera

Species: helix

Plant type: Evergreen climber

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Attractive seed-heads, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 1000cm

Spread: 1000cm

Time to prune: January to December

Time to plant: March to September

Flowering period: September to October

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