Vertical gardening – Akebia Vine
In a small garden one must always think in terms of “vertical gardening”. Going vertical can bring dept, height and interest. I have many different kinds of vines in my garden, and one of my variate is Fiveleaf Akebia. It is also in bloom right now.
Akebia, (aka..chocolate vine) can be grown as a vine or as a ground-cover. I have two akebia vines that I use which cover arbors. I don’t necessary grown them for their blooms but for ‘coverage’. Akebia leaves have dull blue-green and each are divided into five stalked leaflets.
Akebia can “take” over a trellis/ground cover so I prune hard in early Spring or Fall.
My Akebia’s are in bloom right now! Some of the middle flowers are just about ready to bloom. The ones on the left are a little further behind.
The flowers are so small and delicate looking with reddish to purple-brown, about 1 inch across, and have a sweet fragrance likened to chocolate. Akebia is hardly in zones 5-8. The little flowers are so cute. You would almost miss them if you didn’t know they were there!
Since I use Akebia to cover my arbors such as this one that use to be in my in the front gardens they fill it up quickly.
Akebia is a very fast growing vine (like fast, no patience) and which can reach (12 feet), will do well in partial (my front yard faces east) to full sun.
Isn’t she beautiful! What are some of your favorite vines?
Enjoy, and be safe this Memorial Day..and remember all those who died for us to have freedom! It it their day!