Easy-to-grow fresh green beans ask only for abundant sun, warm soil and ample moisture to produce well.
Photo by Walter Chandoha
‘Kwintus’ is an example of a flat-podded pole bean that can be picked young or left on the vine to mature for a more robust flavor.
Most beans are members of the same species, Phaseolus vulgaris, but ‘Liana’ is a different, more heat-tolerant species, Vigna unguiculata, called yard-long beans.
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‘Royal Burgandy’ is a round-podded wax bean that bears purple pods, which turn green when cooked.
Pole beans grow long vines and require a trellis.
These heirloom beans have colorful pods and equally colorful names, such as ‘Lazy Housewife,’ ‘Hickman,’ ‘Tennessee Indian Purple’ and ‘Blue Coco.’