Ivy is especially well suited to hanging baskets. The long vines drape down, eventually reaching the floor and providing a cascade of foliage. Ivy comes in a variety of colors and leaf sizes, from broadleaf, deep green types to small-leaved varieties with variegated leaf markings. Most ivy varieties thrive inside the home, as they do not require direct sunlight and only need minimal care. Hanging ivy baskets are suitable for outdoor seating areas where canopies and patio covers provide shade.