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
Group/Species odoratus (Spencer)
Variety Barry Dare
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.
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
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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.