Way back in the spring of 2008, Mr Chiots and I visited Longwood Gardens. While there I spotted the most beautiful ivy growing on a rock wall. This is the photo we snapped so I could identify it.
After being unsuccessful at identifying and finding this plant at my local garden centers, I found it in a garden we were visiting. I pinched off a tiny piece and was able to start it for my garden in Ohio.
Another year or so passed and I spotted the plant at a botanical garden, lucky for me there was a label ‘Kenilworth Ivy’ (cymbalaria muralis). This is such a graceful little plant and the blooms are understated yet stunning. It will grow in the tiniest cracks of rock walls and looks lush all season long, no matter how little rain has fallen. I also found that it wasn’t invasive as creeping plants can be at times.
Earlier this spring I went to my local garden center and found this beauty once again. I’m happy to have it back in my garden.
I do not yet have it growing on any rock walls as I’m trying to eradicate couch grass from all the existing walls. At the moment it’s planted in a spot in the potager and I’m hoping it will spread nicely. When I want to add it to my rock walls I should have a nice patch to divide.
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