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.
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 gardeningknowhow.com
“…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!