I have always loved photos of English gardens
with manicured expanses of ivy like this:
I have a few different types of ivy growing around my house,
most of it confined to small planters.
One is a small-leaf variegated ivy that never gets as green or as white
or as thick as I want it to.
It looks a lot like the one in this photo,
which is identified on the web site
as hedera helix "golden child,"
which would explain a lot:
Photo credit: Molly Glentzer
Another is a light green small-leafed ivy which also underperforms,
so they must be related.
more ivy stories.