Quick facts and care essentials
• Evergreen woody vine
• Zones vary
• Full sun; some shade in hot areas
• Regular to moderate water
Spreading at a moderate to fast rate, rugged, adaptable ivy makes a ground cover that always looks neat and uniform. Its deep roots hold the soil, discouraging erosion on banks; its branches root as they grow, further knitting the soil. When the branches reach a vertical surface, they will ascend it, clinging with aerial rootlets.
Trim around the edges of ground cover plantings to keep them tidy and in bounds. Plantings may build up a thick thatch of stems after several years; shear or mow them back in early spring. Set plants about 1 1/2 feet apart.