10 sweet peas to grow
Discover 10 beautiful and scented varieties of sweet peas to grow, in our guide.
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.
The cottage garden-style display is enhanced with trailing Sutera cordata 'Snowflake' and the variegated leaves of Felicia amelloides 'Variegata'.
Lathyrus odorous ‘Fire and Ice'
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Fire and Ice' is a fantastic grandiflora sweet pea, producing masses of blooms in dark pink and purple-blue, with a strong fragrance.
Lathyrus odorous ‘Almost Black’
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Almost Black’ is a modern grandiflora variety, bearing masses of highly scented dark maroon flowers throughout summer. The almost black blooms make a striking addition to the garden and in floral arrangements.
Lathyrus odoratus ‘St George’
Lathyrus odoratus ‘St George’ is a great mix of red and white Spencer-type sweet peas – the colour of the St George flag. The blooms last well in water, making them excellent for cutting.
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Promiscuity’
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Promiscuity’ bears beautiful, strongly scented, bicoloured flowers in a range of colours including pink, purple and white. The blooms last well in water, making them excellent for cutting.
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Prima Ballerina’
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Prima Ballerina’ bears beautiful, lightly scented flowers in a range of colours including lilac, purple and pink. The blooms last well in water, making them excellent for cutting.
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Percy Thrower
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Percy Thrower’ is a robust Spencer-type sweet pea, with large, strongly scented creamy blooms with a subtle purple flush.
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Lipstick’
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Lipstick’ is a fantastic, wavy edged Spencer-type sweet pea, with bright red flowers and a strong fragrance.
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Pandemonium’
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Pandemonium’ is a flake sweet pea, meaning its flowers have a pale background with a darker shade striped or ‘flaked’ over it. A Spencer-type, its dark pink flaked flowers are large and wavy edged, on strong stems.
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Geranium Pink'
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Geranium Pink' is a fantastic Spencer-type sweet pea, producing masses of blooms in a lovely shade of pink, with a good fragrance.
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Hi Scent’
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Hi Scent’ bears pretty, cream flowers with a subtle, purple, picotee edge and an incredibly strong fragrance.
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