I was looking back at photos of my October garden from previous years so I could do a comparison with its current state, and found a post from about this time in 2011 that made me realize how much I miss growing this plant: Hyacinth bean.
The original post is here, but I'll include a few of those photos now in case you're not in a clicking mood.
Another reason that I've been thinking about this plant recently is that on Monday we drove past a house in the Benton Park neighborhood of St. Louis and I caught a glimpse of a vine that was growing up the support of a 3-story deck -- it was a hyacinth bean and was all the way to the top! So impressive!
Bees love the fragrant blooms, especially in early autumn, and I do so miss having this grow up onto the deck railing!
Please see the original post from 2011 for many more photos!
I'm definitely growing this again next year. In fact, I think I know exactly which perennial vine I'll remove so this will have space...