It'll soon be time for RHS Chelsea Flower Show, so we thought we'd get into the gardening spirit and show you just how easy it is to grow your own Heathcote & Ivory scents in your garden.

Sweet peas are an English garden classic, adored for their scent, colours and beautiful blooms – they are also half of the inspiration behind one of our most successful ranges, the Sweet Pea & Honeysuckle collection.

How to Grow Sweet Peas - Sweet Pea & Honeysuckle

How to Grow Sweet Peas...

  • Sweet peas can be sown in the springtime, in pots or sown directly into the ground. Long, biodegradable pots work well as these can be planted directly into the soil and allow for a good lengthy root run. Lightly fill with soil, making sure not to compact down. You can sow 1 - 2 seeds to a pot (make sure to label them). Seeds should be sown about ½ inch deep and well watered. Place on a windowsill or in a cold frame if you've got one.
  • As the seedlings grow (they will get quite tall) you can pinch out the tip of the plant (the top of the stem just above the leaves) to encourage side shoots. This will make each plant bigger and produce more flowers. Tip: Slugs love sweet pea shoots – so watch out for them!
  • Any time after the last day of frost has passed sweet peas can be put outside to acclimatise for a week before planting out. They need to go in a bright sunny spot in the garden with plenty of compost and moisture.
  • Sweet peas need support and this is when you can put your plant support or frame in place. If you need to make one, use long canes and garden wire, spacing canes around 20cm apart and securing with wire. Plant several sweet peas at a time (2 to 3) at the base of each cane. When they reach around 30cm in height, you can tie the strongest shoot to the cane for support.
  • Keep well watered and prune dead flowers regularly to encourage new growth.

How to Grow Sweet Peas

So now you can enjoy the delightful, sweet scent of sweet peas in your garden and in your home. Get growing!

Article updated: 12/05/15

Originally published: 05/05/13