Lathyrus odoratus 'Leamington'
spencer sweet pea seed Leamington
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
- Flowering period: June to September
- Flower colour: lilac-lavender
- Other features: highly scented flowers
- Hardiness: hardy annual
Sweetly scented, lavender blooms that make super cut flowers, appear throughout the summer on this gorgeous sweet pea. A favourite for the cottage garden, they will also thrive in pots, where they will quickly scramble up an obelisk or tepee of bamboo canes. Bees and other beneficial insects will flock to them in the garden and their heady perfume will keep them coming back for more.
In our (not very scientific) sweet pea trial on the nursery, we found that this variety had a strongly scented flowers (but not as good as King's High Scent), with around 3 flowers on each 10-12" stem. It was also still flowering well in August.
All the sweet-peas in our trial produced significantly better plants when the seeds were sown in autumn rather than spring.
- Garden care:From October to late February, sow seeds into deep pots or root trainers filled with a good-quality seed compost and place them in a cold frame. Pinch out the tips as the plants grow to encourage them to become bushier and produce more flowers, and harden off before planting out in early April. Direct sowings can also be made in October or March-April. It is important to remove the faded flowers before they set seed, so picking them to fill a vase inside will only encourage more to form.
- Sow: October-April
- Flowering: June-September
- Approximate quantity: 20 seeds.
Many flowering plants can be encouraged to produce better and longer-lasting displays with the minimum of effort. A plant produces flowers in order to reproduce and ensure the survival of the species. Once a plant has flowered and fertilisation has takenRead full article