The Virginia creeper is a perennial vine with a thick, woody stem. The vine does bloom midsummer, however, the flowers are green like the leaves, making them somewhat inconspicuous. The flowers eventually turn into berries that add interest and attract wildlife. The most impressive characteristic of this vine is how beautiful it becomes in the fall. The five pointed green leaves that adorn this vine will change to a magnificent crimson in the cool air of autumn.
This vine is hardy in zones 4 through 9. It can grow in almost any soil type from soggy to bone dry. It can even flourish in soils that are slightly alkaline, although it does best in soils that are slightly acidic. It will grow in almost any lighting conditions from full shade to full sun so you don't have to concern yourself too much with where you plant it.
You can use this hardy vine in almost any landscaping project. This vine will grow up walls and trellises with a little help and also makes an excellent ground cover in the same way you might use ivy or vinca. If you do plan to cover a vertical space with this vine, then you should plant several at a time and use ties to help the plant establish itself. The vine will get heavier as it matures so it should be kept away from gutters and siding that may be pulled down by the weight.