What are Sweet Peas?
The sweet pea, or lathyrus odoratus, is a colourful, fragrant, and easy-to-grow flower that's been popular in the UK for centuries. Easy to grow in a huge range of colours, it's a popular flower for both florists and home growers alike. Sweet peas are annual flowers, meaning they grow, bloom, and die in a single season. They're also climbing plants – supported sweet pea vines can grow as high as 6-8 feet tall, depending on the cultivar you choose.
Why sow Sweet Pea flower seeds?
In floriography, the language of flowers, sweet pea symbolises 'blissful pleasure'. After planting and growing sweet pea seeds, you'll understand why this fits so well.
Inspiring countless fragrant soaps and perfumes, this favourite of the Victorians is widely regarded as one of the best smelling flowers. Somewhere between orange blossom and hyacinth, a sweet pea's fragrance is like a breath of fresh summer air. This delightful scent is only enhanced in the early morning, when its petals are still covered in dew.
Sweet peas are easy to grow in warm and moist soil, and their seeds typically germinate without a fuss. They're also unusual in that you can regularly pick them without doing them harm. In fact, it's the best way to extend their flowering season!