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Nov 19, 2017 2:42 PM CST
Can established perennials - e.g. liatris, astilbe, hydrangea, hosta - survive in an ivy ground cover? I live in Connecticut.
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Nov 19, 2017 3:00 PM CST
(I grew up in southern Connecticut. Thumbs up )

Won't say it can't be done, but...
You will have to be vigilant to keep the ivy cut back away from the other plants as it can be a thug. Also, if there are trees whose leaves fall, you will need to remove the leaves from the ivy. Still, any garden worth having is worth a bit of extra work. Go for it.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~"Leaf of Faith"
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Nov 20, 2017 8:26 AM CST
Keep the ivy roots away using a barrier to prevent competition for water and "food". Hydrangeas have a system of small roots in the top 4" for absorbing moisture. If the ground cover hiccups and unexpectedly starts growing up on some of the nearby shrubbery instead, prune it (the ivy growth). Otherwise, some hydrangea stems may tilt due to the added weight of the climbing ivy. More of a problem when they have those large hydrangea blooms.

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