Lathyrus odoratus 'Charlie's Angel'
spencer sweet pea
- available to order from spring
- 4 plants
- Standard £4.95
- 'Charlie's Angel' was chosen by BBC Gardeners World magazine (July 2011) as the 'best ever' sweet pea. They say that 'this exceptional variety blooms for a long period and has superb perfume making it good for garden display, cut blooms or showing. 'Charlie's Angel' was also the first ever spencer type sweet pea to receive the RHS Award of Garden Merit.
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
- Flowering period: June to September
- Hardiness: hardy annual
Highly scented lavender-blue flowers add an alluring touch to cottage gardens or informal planting schemes, when they can be allowed to scramble over supporting obelisks, arches or trellis. Their soft colouring mixes well with stronger purples, blues and pinks.
- Garden care: Incorporate lots of well-rotted organic matter in the planting hole. Feed with a high potash fertiliser, such as Tomorite for plenty of flowers and keep cutting them so that you get plenty more!
These sweet peas are autumn sown and grown in root trainers to promote longer deep roots. They have been grown under a cold polythene tunnel and whilst they are hardy, they are still young and do need that extra bit of protection on cold nights for the first few weeks. Wrap them in some good quality horticultural fleece or bring them in to an unheated greenhouse or conservatory for the night.