Sweet peas are easy to grow. The variety above, Painted Lady, is from Renee’s Seeds.
The following annual flowers are especially easy to start from seed:
- Sweet pea
If you haven’t tried starting your own plants from seed, make this be the year you give it a try. Sweet peas are among the easiest. The large seeds are easy to manage and most varieties germinate readily. Plus, the resulting blooms are gorgeous and sweetly scented.
Sweet peas thrive in the cool temperatures of spring, so it’s important to start early. The vines grow quickly and produce lots of flowers — especially if you cut them regularly for bouquets. Once summer’s heat and humidity arrive, the vines are likely to wither and turn brown — giving you room for something new.
Sweet peas come in a huge array of colors and patterns. Most will grow to 5 or 6 feet, but there are shorter varieties “bush type” that are well-suited to containers. To extend the blooming season, choose a few different types. Read the seed packets to find varieties that bloom early (“short-day”) and late (“long day”). Although most sweet peas are annuals, you can also get perennial sweet peas (Lathyrus latifolia).
Ready to start? Get step-by-step instructions in the article How to Grow Sweet Peas from Seed.