Curious about english ivy in the south
I'm curious to get feedback from gardeners and designers in the southern states about general attitudes towards English ivy as large scale ground cover in the southern states. I realize it can be useful as a planting for shaded areas that one doesn't want to summer irrigate or too shaded for other plants to grow well. I'm interested to hear opinions/experiences with ivy, both good and bad. On other forums I've heard claims that ivy doesn't harbor or encourage rats, and is not a problem invasive to neighbors or wilderness areas from bird spread seed. This tends to contradict experience with English ivy here on the west coast. Anyone have thoughts on ivy's. Pros or cons? TIA for taking time to reply.