Hedera Thorndale
Hedera 'Thorndale' photo courtesy of Walters Gardens

English Ivy

The hardiest of the English Ivies, this variety is useful in partial to deep shade in an area that receives good snow cover. The leaves are deep forest green with a pronounced central lobe and creamy white veins. It is not considered reliably hardy in our area but we have had plants for 15 years that have thrived under a big beech tree in a protected corner. It spreads by rooting along the ground.

  • Height: 15 - 20 cm (6 - 8 in)
  • Spread: 30 - 61 cm (12 - 24 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 5
  • Sun or Shade: partial to filtered shade
  • Bloom Time: does not flower
  • Leaf Colour: green
  • Bloom Colour: does not flower
  • Critter Resistance: rabbits

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Because Hedera is on the edge of hardiness in our area it needs to be located somewhere protected with good snowcover in the winter. Rich, acidic organic soil is the best choice for this plant. It will not spread aaggressively in our area but it can make an attractive groundcover in the right location.