This is a really lovely plant, beautiful leaves and purple flowers in early spring which smell of vanilla. It does grow very quickly and has long looping stems that curl round pipes and drainpipes etc.
So be prepared to cut back the plant after it flowers and to regularly tie bits in. It will get to around 20ft, so not for little obelisks or trellis.
We haven’t used Akebia in any of our small garden designs – but we do use lots of other plants that are much better (we think).
Why don’t you take a look