Don’t you love that English cottage look ivy gives to a house when it climbing up the wall? But who has the time to manicure it and keep it looking neat and finished? Well, here are few tips on getting a little bit of that English cottage look without spending hours manicuring it.
First, select where you want to grow it and make sure it is safe for that wall. I chose my mailbox because it is a small area to maintain.
Then, do some research and decide which kind of ivy you want and determine if it is okay to grow on the wall you have selected. I decided on creeping fig because it is very petite and can be manicured very close to the wall. And I chose my brick mailbox because it is a small area to work with.
Next, consult your local nursery on what to purchase, planting and caring for your ivy. They know what will grow the best in your environment. Before you know it the ivy will need trimming.
Talk about out of control. Boy, does mine need a cutting?
So, here is how you manicure your creeping fig. Go to the dollar store and purchase some cheap kitchen scissors. Gently pull a loose vine out and snip it but not too much. You want to leave a full layer of ivy so just enough to make it look full and nestled to the wall. When you come to an edge or something like the number plate on my mailbox angle your scissors at 45 degrees and miter towards the edge or plate. Once finished this is what it looks like.
It is much easier than it looks to care for creeping fig. I actually do not have a green thumb and I have no training in landscaping. So if I can do this I am sure you can do it too. It’s really that simple and easy.