Plant ivy around the base of a shaded pergola in soil that is rich with organic material. The healthier the ivy plant, the more optimally it will perform when vining.
Keep the soil moist but not flooded. Ivy needs constant moisture for proper growth.
Allow the ivy to grow until the vine is long enough to reach the nearest upright pergola post.
Wrap the ivy tendrils or aerial roots around the upright pergola post as they form and become long enough to do so. Ivy is a natural climber and should take willingly to gentle wrapping.
Tie errant vines to the upright post of the pergola if the plant does not seek the upright to attach itself. Use old stockings or a strip of cloth to tie around the post, gently capturing the vine in place.
Trim the climbing ivy in the spring with pruning shears if growth has gone beyond the parameters you prefer. Shape the ivy however you like to make it conform to the shape of the pergola.
Things You Will Need
- Old stockings
- Neutral-colored fabric strips
- Pruning shears
- Use vining ivy on a pergola to create an attractive privacy screen.