The Q&A Archives: Evergreen Vines for Moist Soil

Question: I planted English Ivy two years ago and it did very well. I have it growing up a wood fence and this year it was shaping up into patterns with the help of string and pruning. We had a bit more rain than we are use to this year and root rot has killed all of it. What do you think I should plant that will vine and shape good, as well as live in this moist soil? I think this area will stay moist and really dont want to experiment much more if I do not have to. A friend of mine said they had a Boxwood type vine but I dont know much about them.

Answer: In my experience English ivy is one of the most adaptable vines on earth, so if it truly died due to wet conditions then most other plants would likely suffer the same fate. I am not familiar with a "boxwood" vine but there are several semi vine/semi shrub forms of Euonymous fortunei which have small leaves and will vine and climb and can be trained and are fairly resiliant plants. Rather than give up on the ivy if that really was the look you liked, perhaps you could try it again but this time plant in a raised bed? This would help alleviate the wet soil conditions and might make the difference. Be sure too to improve your soil with plenty of organic matter to help keep it aerated.

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