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Plants Used in the Governor's Landscape

Check out these nine plant varieties used in the Georgia governor's mansion project -- and the planting information for each zone.

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Hedera helix

  • Vigorous, evergreen ground cover/climber with shiny, dark green to blue green leaves (2 to 4 inches long)

  • The plant can also climb high onto buildings and trees using an aerial root system--little feet with pads that stick to the wall or surface.

  • Frank Lloyd Wright once said that vines, especially ivy, are perfect to cover the mistakes of bad architects.

Zones 5 to 9

Care for English Ivy:

  • Partial sun to shade.

  • Grow in any rich, fertile, well-drained soil.

  • Good air circulation.

  • Prune often in early winter and in summer to avoid overgrowth.

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