We are finally enjoying some beautiful, sunny cooler days,
My garden is smaller, so I use a lot of vertical gardening, vines.
Today I want to share with you one of my most favorites.
Porcelain Berry Vine - it was originally grown around the 1870's as a bedding plant (originally from China). It is a very fast grower and easily fills my trellis during a summer. It can be considered aggressive, but I prune mine hard down to the ground each fall.
It is part of the grape family and the Latin name is Ampelopsis brevipedunculata
There are two main reasons to love this vine, its variegated leaves and the incredible fruit it produces.
The fruit is hard, and has the appearance of porcelain, and changes in color from white to a series of pastel shades of yellow: lilac, and green before finally turning a sky blue. All the colors can often be found oh a single
Such pretty colors, the fruit colors will change more as we head in to fall.
Birds, Bee and Butterflies are very attractive to this vine.
Just realize it is a beautiful vine, but it is aggressive in growth and can spread! It is easy to contain by hard pruning in late fall and pulling out new shoots sprouting for the fallen seeds.
OK, got to go, headed out to sit in my garden!