Return to the Cottage Garden Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Does anyone grow sweet peas? Which ones do you recommend?

Posted by gottagarden z5 western NY (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 5, 12 at 7:37

I've seen catalogs with dozens of different kinds. I thought I would grow some for their fragrance.

Can you recommend any particular ones?


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Does anyone grow sweet peas? Which ones do you recommend?

I just do multiples of all varieties that attract me. I tend to get use heritage types too.


 o
RE: Does anyone grow sweet peas? Which ones do you recommend?

Brenda, I have grown sweet peas since my very first garden and I don't think there is one I don't like. They are the ultimate cottage garden flower and have a scent to die for! Most varieties have the classic sweet pea scent from my experience. I like the rippled and bi colored for their showiness but nothing can beat the Spencer's for scent and size. Mollie Rilstone, Painted Lady and King Size Navy are among my favorites as well as the Streamers collection.

Swallowtail Seeds and Thompson & Morgan carry an impressive variety of sweet pea seeds. Fragrant Garden Nursery in Oregon is also a suppier you might try although I have not had experience with them myself.

You cannot be disappointed with sweet peas! They are heavenly! Just remember to plant early as they start best in cool weather. :)

Hope this helps.

Ginny


 o
RE: Does anyone grow sweet peas? Which ones do you recommend?

All Sweet Peas are divine! Pick the colors you like.
But, the old-fashioned ones have the strongest scent.
~Annie


 o
RE: Does anyone grow sweet peas? Which ones do you recommend?

  • Posted by cziga Zone 5 -Toronto (My Page) on
    Fri, Feb 24, 12 at 17:31

I'm actually interested in trying Sweet Peas as well. I tried one variety a couple years ago but tried to put them in a spot where they would hang down instead of grow up a trellis, and it was definitely a failed experiment.

I'm wondering if they re-seed profusely? As an annual, I'm sure they reseed a little bit ... but under control, or more like Morning Glory (out of control, you'll have them forever)?


 o
RE: Does anyone grow sweet peas? Which ones do you recommend?

cziga - reseeding will not be a problem. I've never had a single one. And to keep them blooming you need to keep picking the flowers which also militates against seeding. If you stop picking they stop flowering. They climb by tendrils so trailing is not in their nature. Although the flowers are pretty the plants are not, in fact the stems and leaves are fairly scruffy looking. I grow them in the veg garden for cut flowers only.


 o
RE: Does anyone grow sweet peas? Which ones do you recommend?

thanks everyone. Flora, that is very useful to know that the foliage should be hidden. So I won't plant them right off the main patio for fragrance. And pick pick pick! Good, because I usually feel guilty picking flowers ;-)

honalee, a local nursery has spencers seeds, so I think I will try those.

THANKS!


 o
RE: Does anyone grow sweet peas? Which ones do you recommend?

cziga, look up Florabunda's selection of sweet peas. They have a catalogue online. There's so many to choose from. To extend their flowering, deadhead, deadhead, deadhead. and remove any pea pods. Anyway they do not reproduce true to form.

Ianna


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Cottage Garden Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here