The Q&A Archives: Thorndale Ivy

Question: Can we use this ground cover on a steep road bank at the edge of our yard, so we won't have to mow it? It is sunny
in the morning and shady in the afternoon. The soil is a clay loam. We would like some advice.

Answer: Hedera helix or English Ivy is hardy to from Zones 5-10, grows about 4" tall and spreads about 12". It's a broad-leaved evergreen vine. The cultivar 'Thorndale' has glossy green leaves with creamy white veins.This clinging vine is most often used as a ground cover but it also climbs on trees, buildings and other objects. Grow this vine in shaded spots as it may winterburn on exposed sites in cold climates. Some of the cultivars offer improved cold tolerance (Thorndale is one of them). The spread listed above is actually a suggested spacing at planting time. The plant will spread many feet, making an excellent groundcover in a sunny location.

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