Ivy has so much to give as a ground cover plant, but beware that once it takes grip it takes over.
So, if you can let it go it’ll work for you. As ground cover, it will frost protect bare ground and enables birds and woodland wildlife to forage for food.
Hedera colchica ‘Dentata Variegata’ is an evergreen climber with creamy margined leaves that house small yellow autumnal flowers followed by black berries in winter.
Creeping juniper will give you an evergreen effect and the variety ‘Wiltonii’ is a wide-spreading conifer that forms a blue-grey tinged matt of foliage all year round.
Else, Juniperus communis ‘Repanda’ creates a low-lying carpet of green needle-like leaves that hug to the ground and are dark green and slightly fragrant in nature. ‘Blue Star’ is another variety that has a lot to offer.
It’s not a spreader but is compact and densely growing—plus it’s detailed foliage and subtle scent makes it a worthwhile choice for adding ornate interest to baron spots in borders.