The Display: Combine several English ivy topiaries and a clipped lemon cypress to accent a garden table. Mix spirals, globes, columns, and lollipop shapes of varying heights. Unify the look with terra-cotta pots. We love the flared sides of these by Campo de' Fiori (campodefiori.com). The topiaries are by Schubert Nursery (schubertnursery.com), available at your local garden center.
The Care: Ivy is happiest outdoors. Plants that come from a warm greenhouse will need protection from freezing temps for the first week, so cover plants or move them inside during freezes. Small containers, especially terra-cotta, need moisture often. Trim and tuck in vines as needed to maintain the shape.
Editor's Tip: In the South, English ivy can handle daylong sun in winter, but by summer it needs afternoon shade.