Sweet Pea Heaven With Rushfields

Sweet Pea Heaven With Rushfields

It’s impossible to have too many sweet peas. Fill every corner of your garden with their charming flowers in froths of purest white, pink or deep, sultry purple and you’ll also scent the air with perfume and still have plenty left over to pick for the house.

Now is just the right time to plant out your sweet peas and you’ll find pots of garden-ready young plants on sale now at the garden centre. You’ll need a trellis or wigwam to train them up, or for something longer-lasting invest in a cast-iron or wooden obelisk to make a real focal point for your border.

Plant your sweet peas as soon as you get them home: just follow our five-point plan for sweet pea success:

  • Prepare the ground well before you plant, removing weeds and digging in lots of organic matter.
  • Put supports in place before you plant, sinking them into the ground firmly.
  • Tie the sweet peas in as they grow to train them right up to the top of their supports.
  • Water in dry spells, adding a capful or two of liquid tomato feed to the can fortnightly once flowers appear.
  • Dead-head or pick your sweet peas regularly, as they’ll stop flowering if you let them form seedpods.