Sweet Peas

Sweet Peas

As many of you know, I enjoy gardening and have from the time I had my first home as an adult. Both my mother and her mother were avid gardeners. My grandmother in particular grew a mass of sweet peas every spring and summer that seemed to climb to the roof on her simple string frame. She had a lot of bud vases and kept them full with her sweet peas. Her home was fresh and fragrant to say the least. Since I live in the desert, I haven’t tried to grow them, but I’ll bet I could over the winter. They’d be done by April when the hot weather arrives, but seeing these videos and collecting the photos reminded me what a great addition they are to both the garden and the home.

Here’s a quick, 1-minute video on growing sweet peas from seed including how to prep the soil and a variety of creative supports. Here’s a great 3-minute video on some key ways to really get a lot of flowers from your sweet pea vines. Here’s a gorgeous 1-minute video of sweet peas in the garden.

FunFacts about Sweet Peas: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: The sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus) is a flowering plant in the genus Lathyrus in the family Fabaceae (legumes), native to Sicily, Cyprus, southern Italy and the Aegean Islands. It is an annual climbing plant, growing to a height of 1–2 metres (3 ft 3 in–6 ft 7 in), where suitable support is available. The leaves are pinnate with two leaflets and a terminal tendril, which twines around supporting plants and structures, helping the sweet pea to climb. (Source)
  • Sweet peas are native to the Mediterranean region.
  • Sweet peas are annuals and come in a variety of colors.
  • Sweet peas like rich, well-drained soil.
  • Sweet peas like full sun.
  • One planting technique is to soak the seeds overnight, plant an inch deep and 3-4 inches apart.
  • Work in a slow-release fertilizer at the time of planting.
  • When the plants are a few inches tall, nip the head to create lots of offshoots. When they get a couple of feet tall, repeat the process.
  • Cutting the flowers for bouquets or removing spent flowers will encourage the plants to keep blooming.

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44 thoughts on “Sweet Peas

  1. Sweet Peas come in such beautiful colors! I especially like the really dark purple ones. I haven’t tried to grow them, but having multiple colors would make for a nice sight.

  2. My aunt use to grow sweet peas in her garden and I love the fragrance. I loved the picture of the pink sweet peas with the white butterfly enjoying some of it’s nectar.

  3. Beautiful! My mom grows sweet peas. She has a treeless that hides part of the a/c unit and water meter. It’s so pretty, she plants all different colors.

  4. I would love to try growing these happy beauties but here in NC it turns hot early and the heavy red soil is cruel to plants. I could replace the soil in some places but the heat & humidity will win out every time.

    But, my weeds are some of the most lush and glorious to be found anywhere in the world!!

  5. We don’t have sweet peas, but they are really beautiful! Love the photo of the multicolored flowers with the clear blue sky above them.

  6. These were my grandma’s favorite flower. Every February she would plant them on the side of the garage by her lemon tree. They smelled so good that I couldn’t wait to be allowed to pick a bouquet for her. She passed away over 30 years ago but, every spring, I plant them and remember her.

    • Merrie,
      Did we have the same grandmother, lol! I love that you plant them in memory of her. I want to do the same thing. Now to find the time and to wrestle some life into my rockbed soil so that they stand a chance!

      Buckeye Arizona USA

  7. My mother loved Sweet Peas and always grew them in a wigwam. Then she grew Everlasting Sweet Peas which we both had for many years. There is a garden I pass on the way to the shops and their everlasting variety have to be over twenty five at least. There are so many varieties of the annual variety the frilled edge ones and dip died ones are a favourite of mine. Give them a try try addingwater retaining gel pellets to the soil like they do in hanging baskets and planters I used this technique in my very hot south facing garden and it worked for years my cottage border was amazing.

  8. Yes, they do look like orchids. Very pretty. In Ga we have the red clay and weeds abound and will over run planted flowers. — Or, it could be my “green thumb” isn’t as green as I would like it to be.

  9. Ahhh sweet peas. We attempted to grow them this summer, because we love them. Apparently, so does the family of groundhogs too lol! Basically , there toast now haha.

  10. Your blog on sweet peas brought a smile to my face and warmed my heart. It made me remember the beautiful sweet peas my grandmother used to grow. They were perennial vines that would grow along the fence. Many thanks for the memories!

    Peg from Indiana

  11. The only thing I have been able to grow was an aloe plant. I’m pretty sure that every other plant h a s picked itself up by its roots and ran during the night.

  12. Love the delicate little flowers of the sweet pea. Again, they look like a little fairy should be peeking out behind the fragile little flowers.

  13. Hey Carris
    Love the seals. There was a place in Cannon Beach, OR, when I was a kid, where you could go and see the seals hanging out in the ocean. So cool and so much fun!

  14. Such a beautiful flower!! And I love all the varieties you have shown! I used to grow flowers, but due to allergies, I stick with vegetables..I sure do misss them!

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