Sweet pea, Sugar plum, light of my life
Oh sweet peas. Evocative, scented, tendril-strewn, climbing, tumbling, bold vines with the most intricate flowers in glowing jewel colours. There are the brights, and the creams. I’ve picked some for their stem length, some for the intensity of their colour and some, I freely admit, for how much I love their name. Piggy Sue, I’m looking at you.
Coral pops or classy creams, pick your colour and grow en masse for impact.
All these are hardy annuals and can be sown direct in Spring. Start cutting as soon as they flower and do not stop. They’ll keep going until late Autumn with a little bit of a feed and if you don’t let seed pods form.
A lesson in romance: creams, blushes, Soft, Blue, the neutrals
Pink flush on cream ground.
The smash hit of the 2019 season. Armfuls and armfuls of the most beautiful blush. I cannot take my eyes of these. And not pink-pink, I promise. This is soft, elegant, beguiling. Early flowering and prolific, it’s a great flower to grow for weddings. Or for giving to someone who loves pigs.
Strikingly unusual blue ripple.
As someone who grew up with the old-fashioned name of Grace, I feel a sympathetic affinity with names from the fifties. Betty is definitely due a comeback and this Betty Maiden is a great example of some serious style.
Tri-colour of cherry-pink, lavender & cream
Some things are greater than the sum of their parts, and Enchante is one. The colours mingle to pop and glitter in sunlight, but take on a truly sublime depth when you cut and bring them into the house.
Dark Drama: The riches
Warm purple blooms and an intoxicating scent.
Most sweet peas lighten as their flowers age, Eclipse intensifies. Stronger and warmer and brighter until it is a big and bold purple. It also is unusual in its length of blooming, giving buckets of stems in a season.
Mad crazy neon brights: the cheerful ones
Pops of coral-red blooms.
Restormel is not for the faint hearted. So bright, it practically glows in the dark. It’s a favourite because of its generosity and long-stemmed cutability.
A super-stylish bi-colour dark lavender and strong pink
If I hadn’t already committed to Jilly as my favourite, Erewhon would be it. It is rich but delicate, strong but sophisticated, she is an absolute cracker.