Day 200: perennial pea

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


“What’s the point in a sweet pea that doesn’t smell?”, people ask. When talking about annuals, they have a point – unless you’re blessed with a slug-free garden where you can sow directly into the soil, raising a sweet pea from seed is a bit of a faff without the reward of their delicious perfume. But to me, the perennial pea (Lathyrus latifolius) is well worth growing, in spite of its lack of scent. Loved by bumblebees for its pollen, butterflies for its nectar, and by me for its sprawling energy, toughness and splash of bright colour – admitedly it’s nowhere near as fancy as the annual varieties, but an unfailingly cheerful presence in the summer border is not to be sniffed at.

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