ivy planted on hill in backyard
I purchased a foreclosed home in the Atlanta area a few months ago and I've been working hard on improving the yard and landscaping. There is a hill in the back yard which slopes towards the house and the previous owners planted a bunch of ivy on the hill (see picture below). The ivy doesn't seem to be spreading all that much or thickening up. I've read that ivy does best in shaded areas yet this gets a lot of sun (the hill faces north). Is there anything I can do to improve the looks of the ivy? Did they choose the wrong type of ground-cover for this type of hill?