"Plant Smart" Alternatives to Ivy
Be Plant Smart and plant something else in the landscape if you live near trees. Even the best intentions of keeping ivy under control in your landscape can go wrong if you can no longer care for the property or the next owner doesn't do it...Save the English ivy for pots.
A few tough low growing perennial plants to consider for ground cover are : wild ginger (shade), foam flower (shade), pachysandra, commonly known as Japanese Spurge (partial shade to shade), creeping phlox (shade), creeping raspberry vine (sun to part shade)
Foam Flower Wild Ginger
Pachysandra (Japanese Spurge) Creeping Phlox in bloom