All different types of ivy plants are extremely diverse in their uses. They are often used in hanging baskets as decoration, trained to grow up walls, or employed as a cover for an unattractive fence or wall. The type of ivy you plant should be a reflection of your needs, so it is imperative to learn about the differences among species. Listed below are three of the most popular types of ivy, along with some information on each.
Pothos is probably the most popular ivy species because of the ease with which it can grow. It requires little light or water, and it actually thrives by drying out before receiving water. With the long trail of leaves it displays, Pothos ivy looks best while hanging, whether it is from a basket or a mantle. It is undoubtedly the easiest form of ivy to care for.
Also known as Japanese ivy, Boston ivy is best known for its ability to attach itself to walls. The tendrils on the plant have "tentacles" that attach themselves onto various surfaces. Unlike Pothos ivy, Boston ivy thrives in moist environments, where it can grow very quickly. Thus, it requires a fair amount of maintenance, as it will have to be trimmed often. The selling point of Boston ivy is the range of colors it exhibits, as the glossy green summer leaves transform to a reddish-purple in winter.
While Boston ivy is the best "climber" of the bunch, English ivy is suited as coverage for a wall or fence. It grows very thick if left alone, so like Boston ivy, it will require a good deal of upkeep. Actually, English ivy grows so easily that it has been labeled as an invasive species in some areas. It is not an attractive choice for someone who does not have the time to prohibit the ivy from intruding into the space of other plants.