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Sweet Pea 'King Edward VII'

One of my favourites from recent trials. The scent is superb.

20 seeds

4 seedlings (190403-4)

8 seedlings (190403-8)

12 seedlings (190403-12)

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Cutting Garden, On a Climbing Support
Broad Tolerance
June - November
1.8m (6ft)
Eckford grandiflora
Common name
Sweet Pea
Moist but Well-drained
Full Sun
15cm (6in)
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.


Sweet Pea 'King Edward VII' is one of my favourites from recent trials. The scent is superb.

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.

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.

Care Tips

Plant seedlings out during a mild spell March-May, providing support. Tie the stems into your framework on a regular basis and pinch out tendrils.