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Sweet Pea 'Top Hat' | Sarah Raven
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Sweet Pea 'Top Hat'

A similar colour to 'Lord Nelson', but this hybrid flowers for twice as long.
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20 seeds

4 seedlings

8 seedlings (190404-8)

12 seedlings (190404-12)

Delivery:

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Sow Under Cover
Direct Sow/ Plant Out
Flowers/ Harvest

Details:

Type
Climber
Position
Cutting Garden, On a Climbing Support
Soil
Broad Tolerance
Flowers
June-September
Height
1.8m (6ft)
Group/Species
Modern grandiflora
Common name
Sweet Pea
Moisture
Moist but Well-drained
Size
20 seeds
Aspect
Full Sun
Spread
15cm
Cultivation
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.

Description

A similar colour to 'Lord Nelson', but this hybrid flowers for twice as long.

Scent 8/10.

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.

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.