The Q&A Archives: Fence Growing Ivy To Use In Colder Climate

Question: We have a 4' fence in our backyard that we would like to grow ivy on. We live on the coast of San Francisco so we get some near freezing nights in the winter. The ivy we would plant needs to be hardy so it can withstand these cold evenings. What type would be the best to plant? How do we plant it to grow up the fence? Where could we purchase the ivy?


Answer: English Ivy (Hedera) is the most commonly grown ivy and it will quickly cover a 4' high fence if watered regularly. It's not bothered by a few southern California frosty winter nights, and will remain evergreen throughout the year. Ivy is the original "clinging vine" so other than some initial training, it will gleefully climb a wall or fence and attach itself by little suction-cup peds that develop along the stems. After planting your ivy, coax the stems up along the fence by placing them upright with your fingers. They may fall over a few times but they'll eventually head toward the sunshine and grow upright all on their own.

Below is a list of local retailers. Good luck with your ivy!
Wsr Plant Brokerage Service
191 Rankin St.
San Francisco, CA 94018
(415) 642-6177

Sloat Garden Center #1
3427 Wawona St.
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 566-4415

Blue Petal Visions
1330 Ocean Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94112
(415) 334-7401

Burlingame Garden Center
1427 Chapin Avenue
Burlingame, CA 94011
(650) 344-2539

Garden Hound
1921 Clement St.
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 387-5608

566 Castro St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 863-4697

Half Moon Bay Nursery
Route 1, Box 4A
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 726-5392

Sunset Garden Supply
320 Alemany Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 648-4242

Floorcraft Gdn Center
550 Bayshore Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94124

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