This free flowering sweet pea will scramble and clothe fences, and scramble through shrubs flowering year after year.
Probably the nation’s favourite! These beautifully scented blooms make dwarf hedging or can climb up trellis and are super cut flowers. We know the sweet pea has a special place amongst our gardeners’ affections and we’re delighted to offer a huge range of varieties to you. Nothing can beat the sweet pea for all round performance – garden decoration and wonderful fragrance in the garden and the vase!
Sow indoors for surest results, March-June, 1.5cm (½”) deep, in a tray of compost. Water well and place in a cold frame, unheated greenhouse or on a cool windowsill. Keep moist. Seedlings usually appear in 14-28 days. Transplant individually, when large enough to handle, to 7.5cm (3″) pots. Always hold by a leaf, never by the stem. Gradually accustom young plants to outside conditions (avoid frosts), before planting out into well-drained soil, May onwards, 45cm (18″) apart, when frosts are over. Support plants. Or, sow thinly, outdoors, April-June, in a seed bed, into finely-prepared, well-drained soil, which has already been watered. Protect young plants from birds. Thin seedlings to 5cm (2″) apart, before planting out to flowering position in autumn. Flowers: June to September.
Tip: A good choice for cottage gardens, where it can scramble through established shrubs or over walls and fences.