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can you grow ivy  in a pot to grow up a wall if so which is best and fastest growing image

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  • landgirl100landgirl100 Posts: 655

    Ordinary Hedera helix but do be sure you really want it growing up your wall. It does cause damage, despite what some people may say, and provides a very convenient ladder on house walls for mice and other small animals (and spiders, and ants...I could go on and on!). It destroys dry-stone walls and ruins fences. It will grow out of the pot and take over the entire garden. Have I said enough?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,091

    landgirl I've PMd you and not sure if notifications are working

    I wouldn't put ivy up a wall again. If it dies, or you change your mind, the scars are there for years if not forever

  • You could try the small variegated  leaf ivies - they will grow well in pots but you may want to pot them on or plant in the ground as they get larger.

    Ivies are usually only a nuisance if planted against badly maintained walls/ fences.  You trim/ prune them as you would any other plant.  Against a good, block built wall, they shouldn't give you any problem and will provide a good evergreen screen if that is what you are after.

    Ivies provide an excellent habitat for wildlife.....food, nesting sites and roosting places.

    The fact that you might be providing a home for creepy crawlies wouldn't worry you I wouldn't think....that's gardening after allimage

    If you have a problem with mice, best to get that sorted rather than restrict yourself on the types of plants you wish to grow.

  • red johnred john Posts: 25

    thanks to all its not a house wall its a back garden wall that is set on concret so will try t image

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    i want to grow it up a colonade that gets almost no sun it's wood posts will this be ok? would prefer rpose/ clematis but been watching and think too shady

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,786

    Rosemummy, I've got clematis on a north-facing fence and they're very happy - have a look at Taylors Clematis website - they'll tell you which clematis are happy in the shade image

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  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    thanks dove i do have 2 so far on north facing fence but this is between houses shadier than where others are, i may try though..may also try mme alfred carriere you know i can't resist planting yet another rose if i get chance!!

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