Sweet pea pot display

Do it:

May, Jun

Takes just:

one hour

At its best:

Jun, Jul, Aug

Sweet peas are the classic annual climber and look just as lovely in pots as they do in a border. 'Spencer Mix' has large flowers and long stems, good for cutting, but 'Cupani' and 'Painted Lady' are particularly good as their short stems give good coverage of the support and they're extremely fragrant.

You will need

  • Sweet pea 'Spencer Mix' or 'Cupani' x3
  • 55cm pot
  • Willow plant support
  • Multi-purpose compost


Add crocks to the pot and fill two-thirds with compost. Position the sweet peas 15cm apart, firm the compost around them and water well. Place the willow support in the compost and tie in the sweet peas using twine.

When the plants flower, cut them regularly to use in indoor displays. This will encourage more flowers to grow, prolonging the season of interest.


Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith says...

Poke sweet-pea seeds into the compost when planting this container. They’ll germinate and climb up through the established plants, giving a second flush of flowers later in the season – it’s an easy but effective trick.

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