Remember what the new Ivy groundcover looked like just after planting last May?
The groundcover, Hedera helix ‘Baltica’ (English Ivy) showing results in late August.
Although 1/3 of the starter plants died, plenty of Ivy sprigs have thickened into lush plants, setting roots as they spread.
Areas with more shade grew much faster.
We added more Flatstones to connect the front & side paths and seperate the ivy from the shrubs and perennials at the house foundation.
The Ivy contrasts nicely with surrounding perennials and shrubs.
It’s amazing how quickly the Ivy has grown from those small sprigs in flats into a lush carpet of evergreen groundcover in our front yard. By next spring it will look like it’s always been there. With as little as 10 minutes of weekly weeding and supplemental watering only twice this season, it is decidedly the way to go for low maintenance and water conservation.
Now we just sit back, relax and wear ear plugs while the neighbors continue to mow their lawns – that weekly ritual they all secretly dread.
More lawn alternative ideas –
It’s not too early to plan for the next growing season and challenge yourself to create your own lawn alternative, even if you start with just a small area at a time. Learn more…
The Wild Lawn Handbook: Alternatives to the Traditional Front Lawn, by Stevie Daniels
Covering Ground, by Barbara W. Ellis