English ivy (Hedera helix, Araliaceae), from 'Billeder af nordens flora', by Mentz & Ostenfeld, 1917-1927. Source: Biodiversity Heritage Library, BHL. [public domain image]

English ivy (Hedera helix, Araliaceae), from 'Billeder af nordens flora', by Mentz & Ostenfeld, 1917-1927. Source: Biodiversity Heritage Library, BHL. [public domain image]

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Martha uses antique cast-iron stands in the Bird Room to carry, from left, variegated ivy, Hedera helix cv; maidenhair fern, Adiantum pedatum; and rainbow moss, Selaginella uncinata. Bartok the cat sits below "Canary (2)," part of a set of gravures by contemporary artist Carsten Holler.

Martha uses antique cast-iron stands in the Bird Room to carry, from left, variegated ivy, Hedera helix cv; maidenhair fern, Adiantum pedatum; and rainbow moss, Selaginella uncinata. Bartok the cat sits below "Canary (2)," part of a set of gravures by contemporary artist Carsten Holler.

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Most topiaries at garden centers are created from English ivy (Hedera helix), but if you would like to make your own, start with an angel vine (Muehlenbeckia complexa). It does well in bright-to-low light, indoor warmth, and slightly moist soil. Plant a 4-inch pot of angel vine in a premoistened soilless potting mix, such as Miracle-Gro Potting Mix. Insert your topiary frame on top of the plant. Wrap the plant around the frame to train it, snipping away the excess. If aphids become a…

Most topiaries at garden centers are created from English ivy (Hedera helix), but if you would like to make your own, start with an angel vine (Muehlenbeckia complexa). It does well in bright-to-low light, indoor warmth, and slightly moist soil. Plant a 4-inch pot of angel vine in a premoistened soilless potting mix, such as Miracle-Gro Potting Mix. Insert your topiary frame on top of the plant. Wrap the plant around the frame to train it, snipping away the excess. If aphids become a…

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