ivy as ground cover

Sharon George asked 12 years ago

I have some self seeded young ivy plants growing in a bed planted with cottage garden style perennials. Can I leave them be and let them be ground cover, or will they be too vigorous and choke my perennials? (e.g. lavender; hellebore; crocosmia emily mcKenzie; alchemilla mollis; spring bulbs)

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 3 years ago
Ivy makes an excellent ground cover, but only under trees, and definitely not among perennial flowers such as yours. It will eventually swamp the lot.