Sweet Pea 'Barry Dare'

I've been on the look out for a large-flowered, highly scented deep pink sweet pea and Sweet Pea 'Barry Dare' stood out in our trials this year. More
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I've been on the lookout for a large-flowered, highly scented deep pink sweet pea and 'Barry Dare' stood out in our trials. It’s a stunner, strong and punchy. 8/10 scent.

Genus Lathyrus odoratus
Group/Species Modern grandiflora
Variety Barry Dare
Type Hardy Annual
Common Name Sweet Pea
Border Position Climber
Soil Type Acid, Alkaline, Chalky, Clay, Fertile, Neutral, Sandy
Scent Scented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 2m (6ft 6in)
Spacing Plant out, 2 plants to a vertical support, 15cm (6in) apart in a mild spell in April-May.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow October-December or January-April, 2 seeds into 1 rootrainer. When roots fill container, pot on 2 seedlings together into a 1 litre pot. Pinch out tips when plants have 4 pairs of leaves. If autumn sown, overwinter in a light, cool place. Sweet peas often have a hard seed coat so it may help to soften the seed before sowing. Do this by placing seeds on damp kitchen paper and putting somewhere warm until seeds swell or sprout. You can also make a small nick in the seed coat to help moisture enter the seed before sowing.
Care Tips Tie the stem into your framework on a regular basis and pick pick, pick. If you have the time, remove the climbing tendrils as they grow. Can be grown in deep container pots up a climbing frame. Find out how to cordon train your sweet pea in Sarah's how-to guide.
Flowering May - August (winter-sown) or June - September (spring-sown), or 12-14 weeks from spring-sowing of seed.
Vase Life 4-5 days. Avoid direct sunlight and heat. This has a beautiful scent.
Harvesting Keep picking as often as you can.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Sweet Pea 'Barry Dare' reviews

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Apple

Barry Dare was really excellent, also Mrs. Collier, though Blue velvet less successful. The plugs are large enought o have confidence they'll grow on strongly - which is why I purchased them, to compliment those I had already planted which were germinating slowly. Not a cheap option, but 2 out of 3 results were exceptional , thank you, would consider this again.

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Reviewed 3rd October 2018 by Margaret

Plants did very well. I marked them down because they were dark red, not as I expected from the catalogue description.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Stephen

Long stems, light scent, very vigorous

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Reviewed 27th July 2016 by Gillian Jones

Having had Henry Eckford last year (please bring back), I was looking for something striking and bold for my jewel garden. This seemed to be the one to fit the bill. Extremely vigorous with lots of bold colours - a much stronger colour than the picture suggests. However, I found the scent very light and not very long lasting. That along with the pale pink/strong pink one that muddled in with the order means I probably won't buy next year.

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Reviewed 16th June 2014 by Arthur

Huge magnificent deep pink even scarlet flowering sweet pea that flowers hard. Stems are mostly long making them good for vases, they have a scent good considering they are a recently bred variety.