Tuesday, June 7, 2011

FAQ: Will ivy inhibit or kill daffodils?

Q. My question is about using ivy (English, hedera..) as a groundcover.  The area is defined and slopes.  I'd like the ground cover as an evergreen that could take pretty full sun - and it is hot in summer afternoons in Nashville.  The key question is what happens to perennials (especially daffodils) that are planted in large numbers.  Will the ivy inhibit or kill them?  Thanks for any help you can offer.

A. Depending on where you live in Nashville, you might be in USDA climate zone 6 or 7. Hedera appreciates some shade from zone 7 and warmer, so you should give that some consideration. Hedera can grow densely, so it might present too much competition to some perennials. Daffodils would stand up to the competition okay.

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