The Q&A Archives: What kind of Ivy to plant

Question: I have a little corner area in the front of the house/ side of the garage that is sectioned off by the walkway to the front door. I was thinking I could plant some ivy that would grow up the side of the house (stucco wall) and it would be an easy area to control since it's a small area and the ivy wouldn't be able to travel past the walkway. I'm a beginner gardener and I need some help picking an ivy that would grow in my area. The soil is pretty sandy (coastal Georgia area) and gets sun about 50% of the day. It gets really hot in the summer and we only have a few weeks of cold winter.

Answer: I would caution you against planting ivy, even in the isolated spot you describe. When ivy attaches itself, it does so with pads that are extremetly difficult to remove from stucco if you ever decide to replace the plant. And, ivy becomes woody as it matures, which can leave the bottom of the plant bare and the top reaching for the roof. As an alternative, you might consider growing Trachelospermum jasminoides
(Confederate jasmine), Gelsemium sempervirens (Carolina Jessamine), Campsis spp./ cultivars (Trumpetcreeper), Bougainvillea, or Bignonia capreolata (Cross Vine). All will grow under partially shady conditions and all are reasonably well behaved.

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