The classic look of ivy covered walls really comes to life in the fall, when adorned with Boston Ivy.
Boston Ivy is a long-lived, rather fast growing perennial vine, and a great choice if you want the ivy-walled look. It’s perfect on this brick apartment building a happened upon in south Minneapolis. I wouldn’t recommend it if you have a wooden structure, as the tendrils will eventually damage the wood and make paint jobs even more of a pain in the neck.
I do have a patch growing on my six-foot privacy fence in my backyard. It softens the appearance of the fence and is fairly easy to control with a rip and a tear here and there.