We have several Virginia Creeper vines. I like them in areas where they can't spread easily like surrounded by lawn or a brick edging. I don't like the ones we have in garden areas where there is open dirt - they try to take over the entire area! It is very fast growing! Great plant to create shade.
I have a couple other vines I really like as well; Wisteria and Honeysuckle. Neither are as fast growing or as good to create shade, but I think both are more attractive looking than the Virginia Creeper (I don't like it when it turns red).
Roxy - Feb 2005 - 75 lb American Staffordshire Bull Terrier (adopted Jul 2011)
Peewee - Jan 2006 - 8 lb Chihuahua (adopted May 2009)
Myka - Nov 1998 to Jan 2010 - 85 lb American Pit Bull Terrier cross
Lacy - Sept 1992 to July 2003 - 18 lb Reg Shetland Sheepdog