What ivy that would flourish indoor and outdoor that would grow on brick column? - Knowledgebase Question

Bethesda, MD
Question by GTMArchitects
September 8, 2017
Hello National Gardening Association,

We have a few questions that we need help with and we were hoping that you could help us. We are designing a multifamily building in Washington, D.C. and we would like in incorporate ivy into our design. We would like to plant the ivy on brick columns (4’x 20’) on the exterior courtyard and in the double height atrium. The only source of light that is in the atrium is indirect light. Here are the some questions we have:

1) Do you have any suggestion on the species/types of ivies that look like the Boston Ivy that would thrive/flourish in Washington, D.C. year round?
2) What type of ivies that will flourish but not affect the integrity of the brick and mortar?
3) What type of ivies that will flourish in an indoor environment?
4) What is the minimum and maximum soil depth and volume required per brick column (4’x 20’)?

Attached is a render photo of our atrium design. Could you please take a look and help us?
Thumb of 2017-09-08/visitor/d0003f

Name: Will Creed
NYC
Professional indoor plant consultan
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Answer from WillC
September 8, 2017

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For a project this size, you need the professional advice that you can only get from a local interior landscaping company. Not only can they tell you the best ivies to use, but can help you understand how to install and maintain the ivy after it is installed. If you try to do this without professional assistance, it will end up costing you a lot of money.

If you do a search for interior landscaping in Bethesda or DC, I'm sure you will find a number of local firms that would be happy to advise you.

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