Not all ivies are created equal and some species are better equipped than others to grow outside your home. There are a few species to research and study before choosing one for the side of your house.
Boston Ivy, although not technically an ivy, is the most common plant to grow on buildings, according to Plan Your Patch; its name actually comes from its reputation for decorating the exterior of Ivy League colleges. It has smaller leaves, grows quickly, and is self-clinging, which means no support structure is needed to keep it attached to walls. Virginia Creeper is another excellent variant of ivy for being one of the most versatile, according to Lawrence Park, not only for its ability to withstand all types of sun and soil, but also because it requires almost no maintenance. after root establishment.
English ivy is also a possibility because it also does well in many types of sun, but it takes longer to establish and has more specific soil needs. Boston creeper and Virginia creeper thrive in moist, loamy soil, although Virginia creeper may need additional fertilizer during its first year after planting. Boston ivy also has a leaf with 3 singular points, while Virginia has 5 leaves connected at a central point. Both change color with seasonal changes, while English ivy only features greenish-yellow flowers, according to GardenBeast. Whichever variety you choose, each one will look pretty green.