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Trailing ivy

AstraeusAstraeus Posts: 325
edited May 2021 in Plants
Does anyone have a recommendation for a less vigorous trailing ivy please? I have a 1m high wall with no planting space at the bottom of it but a bed at the top and I'd like to cloak the entire thing in ivy to form a background for potted plants.

EDIT: I know I have Anita as one option but I'd like to know if there is anything else like it out there.


  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,790
    I don't know how it compares to other Ivy's, but we love Golden Heart.  It has small leaves, and nice variegation.  We have never found it to be a thug, and we have it in both the ground and in pots.  We just cut it back our pull it up by hand if it sends out too many runners.
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,497
    I have one called Hedera helix 'Duckfoot'.
    I grow it as a ground cover and it is not too rampant,generally clipping it once a year.
    Very well behaved!
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • AstraeusAstraeus Posts: 325
    Ah, interesting - both ones which I'd considered. @KeenOnGreen, does Golden Heart trail? I'd dismissed it as a climber. Similarly @madpenguin, with Duckfoot?

    I suppose if it grows as ground cover, it should be able to trail if over a wall but I don't want one that's trying to go north when I want it going south!
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,497
    I think most ivies will trail down if there is nothing for them to climb up!
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,790
    We have Golden Heart in several situations @Astraeus

    Climbing a 6ft column (the bamboo canes underneath are hidden now)

    Trailing over a wall. 

    Climbing up a framework in a pot

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