Common Name: Old-Fashioned Sweet Pea
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline
Time to plant seeds: October to March
Flowering period: July to October
Sweet peas are the nation's favourite annuals, and they are divided into the modern Spencer types and the old-fashioned sorts that include 'Matucana'. This variety is close to the wild plant and has strongly scented maroon and purple flowers. Grow in fertile, well-drained soil and in full sun. Provide support, and remove dead flowers regularly.
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