Sweet Pea Classification
An involved situation but basically what follows is a classification of types:
- Species and wild – Cupani are probably the best known, introduced to this country by a Franciscan monk in the 18th century. Cupani has 2-3 florets per stem and is sweetly scented.
- Grandiflora/Heirloom – divides into the traditional and the modern grandifloras:Traditional types have 5-7 small flowers per stem and are usually strongly scented.
Modern grandifloras produce more robust plants with larger flowers possibly with some small loss in fragrance.
Grandifloras are ideal for garden decoration and also for cutting.
- Spencer types – larger frilled flowered types with flowers in 3-4’s per stem. Lighter colours have the strongest fragrance. (Royals are early flowering spencers) Spencers main use is for cut flower and showing but they also produce good colour in the garden.
- Intermediate and Dwarf types – here the flower type is not as important as the dwarfing gene. These can range in height between 30cm (12″) and 90cm (3′). Some dwarf types are upright and some very dwarf ones have a semi-trailing habit. Intermediate types still have long stems for cutting.
Sweet Pea gallery
The images show sweet pea variety names plus the 6-digit product code. Use the arrows to browse through and click any image to visit the product page. All varieties shown below should be available for purchase via the Sweet Pea Seeds section of the Suttons Seeds website
Delicate Scented Sweet Pea Varieties
Medium Scented Sweet Pea Varieties
These are the numbered codes we use within the catalogue:
- 0: No Scent
- 1: Delicate Scent
- 2: Medium Scent
- 3: High Scent
- 4: Very High Scent