Sweet Pea 'Mrs Collier'

Sweet Pea 'Mrs Collier' is a lovely and very fragrant cream sweet pea. Sweet peas are all easy to grow and will fill your garden and house with the best scent ever. More
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Sweet Pea 'Mrs Collier' is a lovely and very fragrant cream sweet pea. 8/10 scent.

The result of Henry Eckford's work in the late 19th century is the Grandiflora group of sweet peas which, until this year, formed 90 per cent of the varieties I grow. They have what are now considered to be relatively small flowers and short stems with three, sometimes four flowers to a stem, but many of them are irresistible, with wonderful, strong scent and great dignity and elegance.

No garden is complete without sweet peas. Grow them over arches, teepees and trellis and plant them with your runner beans to draw lots of insect pollinators into your veg patch. Sweet peas are all easy to grow and will fill your garden and house with the best scent ever.

Genus Lathyrus odoratus
Group/Species Eckford grandiflora
Variety Mrs Collier
Type Hardy Annual Climber
Common Name Sweet Pea
Border Position Climber
Soil Type Fertile, Neutral
Scent Scented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 2 metres (6ft)
Spacing Plant out, 2 plants to a vertical support, 15cm (6in) apart in a mild spell in March-May.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow October-December or January-March, 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 quite a hard seed coat so it may help to soften the seed before sowing. To do this, place the seeds on some damp kitchen paper and pop them in a warm spot. Once the seeds start to swell or sprout they are ready to sow. If the seeds don’t seem to be swelling you can try making a small nick in the seed coat (opposite the ‘eye’) as this will help moisture enter the seed and kick-start the germination process.
Care Tips Remove the climbing tendrils as they grow. Tie the stem into your framework on a regular basis. 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
Advice & Videos
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Sweet Pea 'Mrs Collier' reviews

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Reviewed 16th August 2019 by Anita

Germination was not great but you do get a lot of flowers on the ones that did, plus they are a really unusual colour for sweet pea, lovely.

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Reviewed 7th August 2019 by Jane

The plants arrived quickly and were in good condition. They have all thrived and are providing a beautiful display.

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Reviewed 2nd August 2019 by Nicola

What came out was lovely planted in big pot.

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Anita

Germination was not great but you do get a lot of flowers on the ones that did, plus they are a really unusual colour for sweet pea, lovely.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Felicity

I bought sweet pea seedling last year and they were all fantastic; flowered well, and continuously.
This year the cream Mrs Collier seeding were very small and weedy. Even though they were potted on with care etc they never really took off. Such a pity .
The others have done well - rather interesting colours!

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Michael

Very prompt and efficient.

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Fiona

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Other Kemp

I planted these in May and they’re still flowering now in mid November. Ok - I’m sure the mild winter has something to do with it but I’m still thrilled.

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Reviewed 2nd September 2018 by John

My favourite of the three. Longest lasting. White stands out well.

Excellent

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Reviewed 1st April 2016 by Paulette Calder

I grew this last year and will be ordering it again. Wonderful scent, big flowers and very long straight stems.