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Ivy and the Holidays

Plants and holidays go hand in hand. Many have a long history and some, like ivy, are even celebrated in carols.

The traditional carol “The Holly and the Ivy” mentions two of the evergreen plants associated with the holidays. Ivy, holly and mistletoe were three green plants that brightened the deciduous British forests in winter.

Winter greenery was prized for its beauty and symbolic assurance that spring would come again.  Ivy along with holly and mistletoe were the standard holiday decorations for homes and churches before the Christmas tree.

English ivy is a popular houseplant that thrives in a bright location.

Outdoors it is used as a groundcover or trained on a trellis or home for vertical interest. It is considered invasive in some parts of the U.S., so check before adding this beauty to your landscape.

A bit more information:  Purchase or train English ivy into a wreath or tree for the holidays. Or grow it on an obelisk or orb for year-round beauty.

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