There’s something very charming and homely about sweet pea flowers. They give any garden that ‘country garden’ feel. I’ve even grown them on the patio in a pot before now with a wigwam style support made from canes and very splendid they did look. As they come in such a mixed variety of colours they provide a wonderful splash of colour to brighten up any dull corner of any garden, patio or even a balcony.
Sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus)
Sweet Peas are so very easy to grow. Just plant the seeds straight in the ground about late March/April and leave them to germinate and start producing shoots. At this stage add some stakes for support and in the early days just give them a little helping hand onto the support, but even left alone you will soon see them wrapping their tendrils to anything close by for support. They will grow to around six feet in height.
Sweet peas have been grown by gardeners for many centuries mainly for their wonderful shades of colour and their unique fragrance. In this sweet pea photo taken in my garden you can see the intense colour in this variety. Which variety it is exactly I cannot remember. I just love the colour of this one against the dark green background of the hedges. For a larger view of the image click here.