English ivy is a common ground cover for places where other things don't seem to grow. It can even grow up the sides of walls to soften architectural lines and create an old world charm to a house. If you want ivy to grow up instead of out, it doesn't take a lot of effort to get it started to cover area you wish.
Plant ivy at the base of the wall you wish it to climb. Wait to ensure it is established and healthy before proceeding. This way you don't waste your time with a plant that dies later.
Cut pieces of tape and set them aside for use. Garden tape is best, but in a pinch, masking tape will work.
Pull an end of ivy off the ground, being careful not to loosen it from the soil. Lay the end up against the wall and put a piece of tape over it near the bottom. This holds the lower end of the ivy in place while you adjust the upper end.
Decide on the direction you want the ivy to run and put it in position. Tape the upper end of the ivy to hold it in place. Make sure the tape is at least a half a foot apart to allow room for growth, and do not tape the very end tip of the ivy. Repeat the steps for more vine ends if you want start a bunch of wall runners all at once.