SOW & GROW SWEET PEAS FOR LATE SUMMER
If you didn’t get sweet peas sown in autumn or winter you can still do it now for a beautiful show during late summer. There’s nothing quite like the scent or sight of these beautiful flowers winding their way up a trellis, cascading out of a hanging basket or along a fence, and the blooms last extremely well in a vase.
Sweet peas grow best in a sunny position in the garden, with fertile, free-draining soil. Climbing varieties will require something to clamber up, like a frame, obelisk or trellis, while dwarf varieties are perfect for small pots or hanging baskets.
Sweet peas are best sown directly where you want them to grow but can also be raised in trays. To sow in the garden, press a couple of seeds into a shallow hole, spaced 10-15cm apart. Germination (in optimum conditions) takes up to a fortnight so be patient and