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Sweet peas make up the backbone of the English cottage garden. There are dwarf sweet peas which grow into miniature hedges, and old-fashioned intensely fragrant kinds that fill the room with perfume. Lathyrus odoratus is thought to be the orginal sweet pea, and from this many of todays cultivars have developed. It is intensley perfumed with two-tone maroon and purple blooms. It can be trained as cordons on canes for high-quality blooms, or allowed to scramble freely to make a colourful screen. Plants need a cool moist root run, helped by mulching after planting, and regular watering in dry weather.
Plant type: Hardy annual
Flower colour: Purple
Foliage colour: Blue-green
Feature: Scented flowers
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Dry
Skill level: Experienced
Time to plant seeds: September to May
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