Red Bean Hyacinth

A friend gave me some red bean hyacinth seeds a few years ago to add to our garden.  It’s a blooming vine unlike anything we had so I was excited to give it a try.  I thought it would make a nice backdrop to our herb bed climbing along the fence but didn’t realize it would consume the herbs!  The below image is from 2016.

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This year we were more selective in our planting.  We still used the fence for it to climb on, but chose a sunny corner away from other plants.  It was not as robust this year but still beautiful.  Next year we’ll need to add some fertilizer when we plant.

I love the unique mixture of flowers and bean pods.  According to

“…it is a fast growing vine with sweet pea-like purple flowers.  Hyacinth bean can be grown as a tender perennial in zones 9-11, but is usually grown as an annual elsewhere. Its midsummer blooms attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. The flowers are then followed by deep red-burgundy, flat, sickle-shaped bean pods. Deer and birds are attracted to these pods.”

If you’re looking for a new addition to your garden consider adding red bean hyacinth next spring.  And if you have any ideas for me I’d love to hear them!

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