Ivy, we all know what it is, and how it can be a real pain. There are some ornamental ivy’s which are really quite good at cloaking ugly things, as well as the bog standard ‘goes everywhere’ variety.
Before you denounce it entirely as a major garden thug though, Ivy is a really useful plant for biodiversity, its flowers provide an invaluable source of food for insects it is great for nesting birds and shelter from the elements.
But it does get everywhere if left untamed! Once a shoot touches the ground it re-roots and then sends out underground roots to pop up elsewhere. So be tough on it, cut it back hard (best after the birds have finished nesting) and pull up any shoots that are trying to root into the ground.
If the plant is stuck to a fence or wall and pulling it off may damage it, then cut the ivy at the base and wait for it to die, then you can pull it off more easily.
We haven’t used Ivy in any of our small garden designs – but we do use lots of other plants that are much better (we think).
Why don’t you take a look