Climbing Ivy Plants For Your Home

Ivy plants are a staple when it comes to adorning vertical spaces. It could be walls, trellises, or even arbors. Placing a climber in your garden is pretty easy once you know which of the most common types of ivy to use.

Ivy plants are tolerant and they do need much attention or ongoing maintenance for them to thrive. The 4 climbing ivy plants for your home are as follows:

English Ivy

Hedera Helix, also known as the English ivy, is a glossy dark ivy plant that has three to five-lobed leaves. These ivy plants can grow between 20 to 80 feet (with good support for climbing).

Ivy-covered entrance to Malbork Castle.
Ivy-covered entrance to Malbork Castle.

Hedera Helix thrives where there are medium moisture and partial or full shade. You only need to make sure that it sticks to growing in the area you want it to as it can spread rather quickly.

Algerian Ivy

Hedera algeriensis or the Algerian ivy grows up to 30 feet. These ivy plants prefer full or partial shade and do best in moist and well-drained soil. Like the English ivy, you may need to keep an eye on its growth.

Hedera algeriensis 'Gloire de Marengo

Boston Ivy

Parthenocissus tricuspidata is a quick-growing climbing ivy plant that can reach heights between 30 to 50 feet. These ivy plants have three-lobed leaves that span 4 to 8 inches wide.

Boston ivy climbing a building on the University of Chicago campus
Boston ivy climbing a building on the University of Chicago campus

The Boston ivy is a deciduous plant and will lose its leaves during fall. It’s best to keep it in full sun or partial shade. It also requires little water to thrive.

Boston ivy covering the exterior of an apartment building near Kips Bay, Manhattan
Boston ivy covering the exterior of an apartment building near Kips Bay, Manhattan

Persian Ivy

Hedera colchica or Persian ivy (more specifically, the Bullock’s heart ivy variety) has large and flamboyant green leaves. These ivy plants have heart-shaped leaves.

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Hedera colchia is easy to grow and thrives in partial to full shade and well-drained soil with medium moisture. It can climb up to 40 feet high.

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