Sweet Pea 'Painted Lady'

Sweet Pea 'Painted Lady' is a beautiful bi-colour pale and darker pink sweet pea. A very highly-scented, old-fashioned type. More
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Sweet Pea 'Painted Lady' is a beautiful bi-colour pale and darker pink sweet pea. A very highly-scented, old-fashioned type. Also the earliest-flowering of the highly scented varieties, so excellent if you need sweet peas for May, 9/10 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.

We sow our highly-scented, old-fashioned sweet pea seeds in the winter, as well as in the spring, so that you will have excellent productive plants throughout the summer. Our sweet pea seedlings come with full planting instructions.

Genus Lathyrus
Group/Species odoratus (Heirloom Grandiflora)
Variety Painted Lady
Common Name Sweet Pea
Border Position Cutting Garden, On a Climbing Support
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Scent Scented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 1.8m (6ft)
Spacing 15cm
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow October to 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. Seeds may germinate best after soaking or chipping.
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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Delivery

Plant Delivery - When in stock, please allow up to 3-4 weeks for despatch. For fruit & veg bare roots/crowns, please allow up to 2 weeks for despatch.

Seeds Delivery - When in stock, please allow 2-3 days for despatch.

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Sweet Pea 'Painted Lady' reviews

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Mrs Whittaker

The sweet peas are beautiful and the service was excellent

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Rona

Of the 3 varieties I grew this season, 'Painted Lady' wins for scent – the other 2 were 'King Edward VII' and 'Blue Velvet'. Painted Lady was first to flower and prolific, slightly weaker/thinner flower stems than the others but doing well here on Scotland's north-west coast. Will grow it again.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Pamela

You kindly sent a replacement box of the four mixed sweet pea seeds after the first batch gave very poor germination. But i'm afraid to say the replacement batches were no better. Very poor,patchy, germination and weak plants. Suggest you find another source for the seeds, as they are magnificent when grown from viable seeds.