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Create ivy swags

By: Garden Gate staff
English ivy (Hedera helix) is a fast-growing evergreen vine, hardy in USDA zones 5 to 10.

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create ivy swags

English ivy (Hedera helix) is a fast-growing evergreen vine, hardy in USDA zones 5 to 10. The gardener that grew the vines in this photo planted two plants in front of each of the fence posts more than 10 years ago. The swags were well formed after just two or three years.

Start by stapling a long section of vine up onto the fence with fencing staples to form the post. Train side shoots for the swags the same way. As the vines grow, wind the new growth back into the old. Trim errant stems with scissors to thicken and shape the growth.

Published: Dec. 22, 2009
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