The aesthetic appeal of a property covered in wonderfully kept ivy simply cannot be denied. The slightly crumbling brickwork set behind the green shoots of ivy provide many buildings with an idyllic character and really do remind you of ‘England’s green and pleasant lands’.
However ivy really isn’t all it is cracked up to be, it grows almost virulently, is extremely difficult to remove, and can cause all manner of damage to the things that it chooses to grow on. Yes it can look wonderfully aesthetic, but given half the chance it will inevitably grow out of control, becoming ragged, overgrown and wild looking. If you do wish to have ivy growing in your surroundings then at the very least you should be looking to perform maintenance on it bi-annually to prevent it getting out of control.