This time of year the perennials are past prime and finding their fall colors the annuals are leggy and bolting, and most other vines (the clematis, really) have lost their luster.
But the Porcelain Vine (Ampelopsis brevipedunculata) is hitting peak pretty. It’s a member of the grape family, another woody vine.
Birds love it – so much so that they can become invasive. They’re vigorous and can grow to 25 ft. In other parts of the country may be considered invasive, but not here in Buffalo.
It likes full sun but will tolerate shade – like where it is in my garden. On the arbor on our deck where it resides, it gets mixed with the wisteria vine to the right and a Jackmanii clematis to the left it shares the arbor with.
The berries, from what I’ve read, are edible, but don’t taste good – but they’re beautiful! They have a glass-like finish and range from pale blues to deep purples, like porcelain.
As a bonus, it has unique-shaped leaves. My vine has variegated leaves. It’s right up next to the picnic table so anyone sitting there gets an up-close appreciation of the vine.
My second-favorite fall vine is the Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis terniflora). It’s in its third year in this spot and has come into its own. The cloud of white flowers is a bright spot on gray days. Just beyond the Sweet Autumn Clematis is the arbor with the Dutchman’s Pipe Vine, more clematis, honeysuckle vine, and five leaf akebia vine which I’ve covered on this post about making a hanging light, and this one on making wreaths from the vine.