Answer: Ivy (Hedera helix) is not a bad choice for that situation, so you might want to look into some of the newer varieties that are being introduced; some of them are variegated and very decorative compared to the old plain Jane green. Another spreader to consider would be Vinca minor, again an old standby groundcover and evergreen but it will not climb. Another alternative with a grassy texture would be liriope, another would be hosta. There are some groundcover type hostas that spread underground and others are simply wide growing. These are available in a number of foliage patterns and textures besides plain green and can be very attractive in mass plantings. Some of the newest varieties can be expensive, but many of the older named hostas have come down in price and are inexpensive.
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