Ivy is utilized in a variety of our Green Living products, but much to our surprise - many people do not know the characteristics and benefits of English Ivy.
There are over 400 different species of ivy, but the most common and recognizable are English ivy (Hedera helix), Boston ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata), and Algerian ivy (Hedera canariensis). English ivy is known for its distinctive lobed leaves and is a favourite for ground cover and climbing walls.
Boston ivy, on the other hand, is renowned for its stunning red foliage in the fall. Algerian ivy is prized for its larger leaves and resilience. As showcased with our Green Living Fence, Ivy's ability to climb on porous structures is one of its most remarkable features.
Hedera helix has adventitious roots that attach to surfaces and provide support as the plant climbs upwards. Ivy can grow vertically, horizontally, or even cascade from hanging baskets, making it a versatile choice for landscaping and garden designs.
Not to mention, its dense foliage provides habitat and shelter for birds and insects, supporting local ecosystems. This Genus of plant can also help to regulate temperatures by providing insulation to buildings, reducing energy consumption for heating and cooling - while simultaneously filtering pollutants from the air.
Lastly, it is a relatively low maintenance plant and can thrive in a variety of conditions. By understanding the unique characteristics and benefits, you can harness its potential to enhance your surroundings while contributing positively to the environment.