Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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DescriptionEnglish Ivy is sold in the convenient one-quart size, perfect for small plantings. Or, go big and buy landscape plugs! You can use these to grow your own ivy topiaries with durable evergreen foliage. These are deer resistant as well! Buying landscape plugs? Here is how much area they will cover:
6" spacing of 32 landscape plugs covers 6 sq feet
8" spacing covers 7.5 sq feet
10" spacing covers 11 sq feet
12" spacing covers 16 sq feet
DetailsBotanical Name: Hedera helix 'Thorndale'
Common Name: Ivy
Sun Exposure: Part shade, shade
Height x Width: 6-9" x 20'
Foliage Color: Green Bloom time: Grown for foliage Features: Wet soils, deer resistant, suitable for slopes, ground covers, container plants, cold tolerant Uses: Container gardening, edging, erosion control or embankment, ground cover, lawn alternative, massing, naturalizing, rain garden, rock garden, slopes, under planting How To GrowSoil: Prefers moist, well-drained, but tolerates a wide range of soils, even poor and sandy/dry if regularly watered during times of drought.
Light: Sun tolerant in cool northern zones. In hot summer areas, plant in dappled to deep shade. Water: Best with regular water - weekly, or more often in extreme heat. Tolerates dry shade once plants are established.
Spacing: 12 to 18 inches apart, which is what most gardeners do. In two to three years, the Iv y will completely cover the planting bed. Plant 6" apart and by the end of the first year the bed will be completely covered.
Fertilizing: Very adaptable and can survive in any well-drained soil. Mulch in between the plants when first planting. This is important to not only retain water, but to also keep the weeds out. No need to mulch once this fills in.
Winterizing: Add at least 4 inches of loose organic mulch, such as leaf compost in November to winterize your ivy. For greater protection from frost, freezes and snow, completely cover the foliage in 5 to 6 inches of loose leaves.
Maintenance & Pruning: Stems root into the ground readily, and the new plants that form may be easily moved to a new location in spring or early fall. Mowing the patch low after blooming every couple of years will help to keep it thick and weed resistant.
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