Sweet Pea 'Barry Dare'

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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.

This is a modern grandiflora sweet pea. The recent breeding triumph has to be the incredible new band of 'Modern Grandifloras' with all the royal cards in their hand. These have been developed to have large flowers, lots of them, with long stems of the Spencer types, with the bonus of fantastic scent of 'Matucana' and its early brigade. 8/10 scent.

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 plants come with full planting instructions.

Genus Lathyrus odoratus
Group/Species Modern grandiflora

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Variety Barry Dare
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), 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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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.

Silk Deep Scarlet Bunches of Delight!

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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.