Vines can be beautiful, prevent soil erosion, and hide bald soil patches underneath trees and shrubs. Vines are often used as ground covers on slopes and hilly locations.
English ivy has been used as customary ground cover and requires moist soil with high humidity. The ivy grows flat and even. A sprig of English ivy can grow up to eight inches long and climb up to fifty feet or more. It is grown chiefly for its evergreen leaves. Prune the ivy in the spring to hinder the bacteria on its leaves. Spray with soap that kills insects and horticultural oils often to control spider mites. It is also a poisonous plant.
English ivy must be planted in well-drained earth, partly shaded to fully shaded locations. Because this ivy grows well in the shade, it is used for ground covers for places that don't have a lot of grass. It is suitable for squeezing out weeds. When planted on slopes, it prevents soil erosion.
Partridge Berry Vines
Partridge Berry or Squaw Vine is an evergreen that doesn't climb but does spread out. It does produce flowers and fruits. Birds, foxes, mice, and skunks eat the fruits. Partridge Berry is grown for their beautiful red berries and shiny leaves. The red berries are edible and taste a little like wintergreen. The red berries look like cranberries but aren't kindred. Partridge Berry plants are used to cover the bare ground in shady locations. Cuttings can propagate it, and it does spread over the ground. The plants are used for Christmas ornamentation. Native American women made tea from the leaves, and the berries were eaten during childbirth.
Vinca Minor Vines
Vinca Minor is the smallest of the two vines used to cover the ground. It is also known as myrtle, common periwinkle, or vinca. It flowers in the spring with blue, white, or lavender-colored flowers. The flowers bloom several times during the growing season. The common periwinkle grows best in some shade or full shade. It needs well-drained earth and creates excellent mulch beneath trees and shrubs. The Vinca Minor can be bought in flats. It takes about two years after planting for the Vinca Minor to spread completely in its space. If the common periwinkle is planted in a good location, it is easy to grow and is not usually bothered by pests or diseases. Too much sun and ill-drained earth can make the plant deteriorate.