Lathyrus odoratus ‘White Frills’ is a Spencer sweet pea cultivar that produces large, white, frilly flowers.  ‘White Frills’ is such a beautiful sweet pea, its blooms are so elegant; it really is stunning!

This is a tall, climbing sweet pea that grows up to around 2.4m (8ft) tall.  Plants produce tendrils to support themselves and allow them to climb up wigwams or trellis.

Lathyrus odoratus ‘Queen of Hearts’ is a Spencer Sweet Pea cultivar.  This is a pretty sweet pea, its particular colouration is known as a pink stripe on a white ground – which means that this sweet pea’s ivory coloured petals feature a pretty pink picotee edge and pink coloured veins.

If you’re growing ‘Queen of Hearts’ you’ll need to provide your plants with a wigwam or a trellis. 

Cabbages, also known by their botanical name of Brassica oleracea var. capita, are a beautiful and delicious vegetable.

The cabbage pictured above is a savoy cabbage, but many cabbage types and cultivars are available for the gardener to grow; each cabbage type has different sowing times.  Spring cabbages are sown in late summer and autumn, while summer cabbages are sown in spring, and winter cabbages are sown in spring and early summer.

Calendula officinalis, is a short lived perennial, (it’s usually treated as a hardy annual) which can be sown outside, directly where you want the plant to flower.  I find that March through until June is usually the best time to sow seed of Calendula in the UK; although seeds of Calendula officinalis can also be sown from mid August to September and October, when they’ll overwinter, for earlier flowering the following spring.

Broad beans (also known by their botanical name of Vicia faba) are wonderfully easy to grow beans that tastes delicious.  If you haven’t grown them before, you might think of yourself as someone who doesn’t like broad beans, but stay with me – it’s still worth growing this fabulous vegetable.  That sounds mad, I know, but so far, I have converted every single friend who had previously thought they disliked broad beans. 

Nigella damascena ‘Albion Black Pod’ is an easy to grow hardy annual that produces white, ruffled flowers, which are followed by dark maroon coloured seed pods.  Both the flowers and seed heads make excellent cut flowers, and they also dry well.

 

Centaurea cyanus is an easy to grow annual, also known by its common name of cornflower.  Centaurea cyanus is best sown directly in the soil, where it is to flower.  I love growing Centaurea cyanus!  If you want to grow Centaurea cyanus, sow seeds from March until the end of May or from August to September.

Centaurea cyanus flowers from June until September.  

Lagurus ovatus ‘Bunny Tails’ is a really lovely annual grass that produces ovate, soft, fluffy, panicles which look very pretty on the plant, and last indefinitely as a cut flower.  The stems dry so well and so easily, requiring no special care – simply cut a few stems and place them in an empty vase.  Lagurus ovatus ‘Bunny Tails’ suits modern, urban, cottage, and country gardens, complimenting both formal and more relaxed plantings.

Nigella damascena ‘Albion Green Pod’ is a hardy annual that can be sown directly where it is to flower, in March, April, May, September, and October.

Nigella damascena ‘Albion Green Pod’ produces white, ruffled flowers, which are followed by green seed heads or pods.  Nigella damascena ‘Albion Green Pod’ is an easy to grow plant, both its flowers and seed heads make super cut flowers, which are popular with florists, and they also dry well.

Nigella damascena ‘Double White’ is an easy to grow, hardy annual, that produces attractive, ruffled, white flowers, with touches of blue at their centres.

Nigella damascena ‘Double White’ flowers are followed by large, green seed heads or seed pods.  Both in flower or as seed heads, Nigella damascena ‘Double White’ makes an excellent cut flower.  The flowers and seed pods also dry well.

Helianthus annuus, also known by their common name of sunflowers, are tall growing annuals with very large, round flower heads with brown centres and yellow outer petals, which are very attractive to bees and butterflies.  The flower heads of Helianthus annuus turn to face the sun, they slowly turn as the sun moves throughout the day.  Helianthus annuus grow best when planted in a very sunny spot.

Calendula POWERDAISY SUNNY (‘Kercalsun’) (PowerDaisy Series) came third, in the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2016 Competition.  Calendula POWERDAISY SUNNY flowers continuously, from March to November, in all weather conditions.  This new Calendula is virtually sterile, so it won’t set seed all over your garden.  Calendula POWERDAISY SUNNY is self-cleaning – as the petals fade, they drop off one by one quite naturally, so the flowers last and look good for longer – you can enjoy continually fresh, vibrant yellow flowers.

Lathyrus odoratus ‘Windsor’ is a Spencer sweet pea cultivar with richly coloured maroon coloured flowers.  This is one of the best maroon coloured sweet peas that you’ll find.

Lathyrus odoratus ‘Windsor’ is an annual climber, that will happily grow to around 2.4m (8ft) tall.

You can read about how Lathyrus odoratus ‘Windsor’ performed in my 2016 Sweet Pea Trial, by clicking here.

Lathyrus odoratus ‘Misty’ produces these pretty flowers; the blooms are flushed with mauve, on a white background.  This sweet pea cultivar was raised by Cecil Leese.

This is a tall, climbing sweet pea cultivar.  Lathyrus odoratus ‘Misty’ flowers are delicately fragranced.

You can see how Lathyrus odoratus ‘Misty’ performed in my 2016 Sweet Pea Trial, by clicking here.

Lathyrus odoratus ‘Lady Nicholson’ produces magnificent sweet pea blooms, which feature a very attractive mauve stripe on a white ground.  This sweet pea cultivar produces lightly perfumed flowers.

This sweet pea cultivar was raised by Graham King.

You can see how Lathyrus odoratus ‘Lady Nicholson’ performed in my 2016 Sweet Pea Trial Report, by clicking here.

Lathyrus odoratus ‘John Gray’ is a Spencer sweet pea cultivar that produces large, frilly flowers that are coloured with pink over a white ground.  This sweet pea cultivar was raised and introduced by Roger Parsons in 2009.

Lathyrus odoratus ‘John Gray’ is a beautiful sweet pea, that’s excellent to grow for showing, cutting, or for garden decoration.

You can discover how Lathyrus odoratus ‘John Gray’ performs in my Sweet Pea Trial, by clicking here.

Lathyrus odoratus ‘Ida King’ is a sweet pea cultivar that produces pretty, lavender-pink coloured flowers.  This is a tall climbing sweet pea that will require a 2.4m (8ft) wigwam or support framework.

You can discover how Lathyrus odoratus ‘Ida King’ performs in my 2016 Sweet Pea Trial, by clicking here.

Lathyrus odoratus ‘Aphrodite’ is a sweet pea cultivar with large white, wavy flowers.  This annual climber was introduced by Unwins back in 2011.

Lathyrus odoratus ‘Aphrodite’ is a very vigorous sweet pea cultivar, that produces a great many white blooms on each of its flowering stems.

You can read about how Lathyrus odoratus ‘Aphrodite’ performed in my Sweet Pea Trial, by clicking here.

Lathyrus odoratus ’Susan Burgess’ is a sweet pea cultivar that produces large flowers in a beautiful, warm blush pink colour; the flowers enrich to salmon pink if grown under glass.

I enjoy growing this sweet pea.  I find that the weather and temperature affect the colour of the flowers, with some paler, and other blooms a more vibrant shade of the same blush pink tone produced each year.

Lathyrus odoratus ‘Pip’s Cornish Cream’ is a reliable sweet pea cultivar, that produces beautiful, cream coloured flowers.

This is a super sweet pea to grow; I would recommend Lathyrus odoratus ‘Pip’s Cornish Cream’ if you’re growing sweet peas for exhibition, for cutting, or to enhance your garden.

Lathyrus odoratus ‘Pip’s Cornish Cream’ is a charming, and reliable sweet pea.  Sadly, it’s not always easy to find seed of this particular cultivar, I was unable to purchase the seed in 2016, which is why I did not include Lathyrus odoratus ‘Pip’s Cornish Cream’ in my 2017 Sweet Pea Trial.