Sweet pea Alan Williams

Lathyrus odoratus 'Alan Williams'

Sweet pea Alan Williams - Lathyrus odoratus  'Alan Williams'

Common Name: Sweet pea Alan Williams
Genus: Lathyrus
Species: odoratus
Cultivar: 'Alan Williams'

Category: Annuals & Biennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.80 m (180 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Blue
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Sprays of mid blue flowers appear throughout the summer and if dead-headed regularly may carry on into autumn. The flowers of this showy cultivar are highly scented - just like the old-fashioned types. They make excellent and long-lived cut flowers and a vase-full will fill the room with their delicious perfume. Keep some in the beds and borders though as they are also popular with beneficial insects.

  • Garden care: From October to late February sow seeds into deep pots or root trainers filled with a good-quality seed compost and place them in a cold frame. Pinch out the tips as the plants grow to encourage them to become bushier and produce more flowers and harden off before planting out in early April. Direct sowings can also be made in October or March. Before planting out, incorporate lots of well-rotted organic matter in the planting hole. Apply a balanced liquid plant food every two weeks while in growth and deadhead regulary to encourage more flowers.

  • Sow: October-February or April

  • Flowering: June-September



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