Gardening Articles: Flowers :: Perennials
Ivy of the Year
by Charlie Nardozzi
Topiaries are all the rage in the gardening world. Not only do they make great outdoor plants, many can be brought indoors in fall and enjoyed in winter under the proper lighting conditions. Each year the American Ivy Society crowns an ivy of the year, and this year the honor goes to Misty (Hedera helix 'Misty'), a standard ivy variety used commercially in topiaries.
Misty is easy to grow, hardy, lush, and not invasive. Misty is also beautiful, with variegated, birds foot-shaped, miniature leaves. The leaf variegation remains intact even under shady conditions. In cool weather the white leaf margins turn a faint pink. Misty is also winter hardy to USDA zone 5, making it a great choice for outdoor topiaries in most regions of the country.
For more information on Misty, go to the American Ivy Society.