Sweet Pea 'Top Hat'
In this mix
|Sow Under Cover|
|Direct Sow/ Plant Out|
- Cutting Garden, On a Climbing Support
- Broad Tolerance
- 1.8m (6ft)
- Modern 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.
A similar colour to 'Lord Nelson', but this hybrid flowers for twice as long.
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.
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.
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.