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Sweet Peas Easy To Grow Fragranced Flowers From Seeds

Updated on May 13, 2015

Impressive Fragranced Flowers for your Home and Garden

Every year I grow my own Sweet peas or Lathyrus Odoratus There really is nothing I can think of that compares to fresh scent of sweet peas in your garden and home. I usually grow my seeds in containers however sweet peas can be sown straight into the ground and left to their own devices. Last year my daughter just threw some left over seeds in the front garden and they did superb.

These flowers are natural climbers and will happily grow to a height of 1 - 2 meters with suitable supports.

The wonderful thing about sweet peas is their scent and their endless supply of flowers, the more you pick the more the flowers pop. The colors are magnificent, and the admiring looks and compliments I get about these flowers, I almost feel embarrassed, as really they are so easy to grow.

See how I get on with growing my favorite flowers from seeds.

(All Photos unless otherwise stated belong to Lisaauch)

easy to grow flowers for kids
easy to grow flowers for kids

I Haven't Always Loved Gardening....

...or had green fingers

As a child I grew up surrounded by plants and flowers, my father was a landscape gardener, and my mom a lover of flowers.

I really did not appreciate the beauty and wonder of flowers at my young age, and detested being dragged around the local flower nurseries.

But now my older self, is wholeheartedly grateful for that time I spent with my mother and father, more so since they are no longer with us.

Boy do you wish you could turn back the clock and tell them actually they were right and I was wrong and just a grumpy, foot stomping teenager. I like to think they are both smiling down at me and are very proud of my green fingers I have finally found.

Thanks mum and dad for putting up with my huffs and puffs, and your endless knowledge you shared with me.

Its paid off.

And your Granddaughter loves it, and we are both enjoying learning about gardening all over again.

Gardening is a Very Cheap Hobby - re-use and re-cycle many items within the home to plant seeds

recycle food containers to use to plant seeds
recycle food containers to use to plant seeds

Recycling common Fruit containers for planting your Seeds

I use anything I can get my hands on to plant new seeds in, and let them grow until they are big enough to be handled. My family keep everything for me to use. Like these basic Fruit plastic containers, which had grapes in. They make excellent seed pots as they already have the holes in the bottom too.

I keep old used tea bags and put them in the bottom of the container (another of my mums useful tips), not sure exactly IF there is a benefit, but they help to keep the soil nice and moist and of course when your seeds are grown the soil with tea bags can be thrown into the composting heap

What is the Best to Grow - My Uncle is a Vegetable Grower, Me I love flowers

What do you prefer growing from seeds Flowers or Vegetables

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Plastic Pots for Plants, Cuttings & Seedlings, 4-Inch, 30-Pack
Plastic Pots for Plants, Cuttings & Seedlings, 4-Inch, 30-Pack
I like to start off my seeds in small pots. these are ideal and reusable year after year.

Your Sweet Pea Growing Essentials

Once you have bought these can all be re-used year after year.

Bond 425 Bamboo Stake, 4-feet, 25-pack
Bond 425 Bamboo Stake, 4-feet, 25-pack
I Bamboo for creating a suitable climbing structure for the plants.

Growing Scented Flowers Need Not Be Difficult - ....and the result is magnificent

My family and friends love my sweet peas, and my neighbors are always receiving little sweet smelling posies of sweet peas, as the more my daughter cuts them the more they grow.

Disclaimer: I am not a professional Gardner, I am very much a beginner, learning along the way.

Some say (my uncle for one) to soak the seeds first, or to chip into them with a sharp blade. I have never done this. I pop them into the pots straight from the packet.

Best Position for Sweet peas is sunny although will also do well in a sun dappled area. I have mine in full sun all day and shaded at night.

This allows me to water the container thoroughly and cut off all the new blooms, whilst the plant has had time to cool off from the days sun.

Best Sowing time for me is in April or May for beautiful Blooms hroughout Summer until September!

Time required: 30 minutes

Difficulty: easy

Cost: Cost of Seeds (If you have everything else available)


  • Small pots
  • Growing compost
  • seeds


  • You can use your hands or small trowel for filling the pots.
  • See above shopping list


1. Fill small pots with growing compost to just under the brim. Pat gently down

2. Place One seed in each pot. and cover with soil.

3. I live in Scotland (can still be very cold and windy at sewing time) so i like to put my seeds into an outdoor pop up greenhouse at our front door where it is sheltered but gets lots of sun

4. Once they have reached a good height of a couple of inches its time to transfer to your container. As you can see this was all part of my Mothers day gifts. Yes i do actually appreciate seeds being bought for me.

5. I usually use 3 bamboo canes, tied at the top and secured in the pot by pushing down. tied with some garden string so as the sweet peas can tangle their little vines around, and grow. This is pretty sturdy and considering its pretty windy here in Fife. It does very well

6. I can cut a vase full of sweet peas and overnight new flowers appear. They really are Endless blooms throughout the season.

Mary, Mary Quite Contrary, How Does Your Garden Grow - My Mums name was Mary and we used to sing this to her When she was in the Garden

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Have the sweet Scent of Sweet Peas all year round - I love the Yankess Candle Reed Difusers

I nearly flipped out when I saw that Yankee were doing the reed diffuser in Sweet Pea. I find the Reed Diffuser much longer lasting than ordinary plug ins or scented candles, and such a beautiful, true smell.

© 2014 Lisa Auch

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    • LisaAuch1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Auch 

      5 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you I do love my sweet peas :)

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      Rajesh Bhuin 

      5 years ago from India

      These flowers are really, really beautiful. Gardening is a very nice hobby and I also like to plant flowers and fruit trees.

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      Tony Payne 

      6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I love sweet peas, they look and smell good, very nice to have in a garden. I used to grow flowers and vegetables from seed, but these days I don't have the time, we usually end up planting cuttings from friends.

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      Lisa Auch 

      6 years ago from Scotland

      @paulahite: I like to start them off in the greenhouse in a very small pot until about 3-4 inches high! (the ones I have sewn straight into the ground have only just broken through? These are annual ones though, so I think just keep a sharp ye on them...Have you tried a little plant food? (Remember too the weather has been atrocious! we are still having flash floods etc up here in Scotland!) DO let me know how you get on

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      Paula Hite 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Lisa, does it usually take a long time for the plants to grow? I sowed mine outside as seeds back in April and they are only about 3-4 inches high.

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      6 years ago

      I love my flower garden but have no sweet peas. A friend just gave me some seeds. Thanks for the tips.

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      Anahid LM 

      6 years ago

      Hi I love sweet pea flowers they are beautiful, Congratulations for your lens. we are growing them this year. Thanks. Anna

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      judithcheng lm 

      6 years ago

      I really think sweat pea is very specialâ¦I don't know why I never tried them, this will inspire me to start some this weekend, THANKS

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      6 years ago

      Yay for LOTD! congrats and thanks for all the beautiful photos too- I haven't grown sweet peas but I may just make this a project for my kids and I to grow together :)

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      6 years ago

      Congrats on the LOTD, Well deserved for this helpful and informative lens.

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      6 years ago


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      6 years ago

      Sort of. Sometimes. A few years ago I bought a bag of wildflower seeds. I just scattered them over our garden space, which took a minute or two. Then over the months beyond, a beautiful wilderness of flowers appeared.

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      6 years ago from UK

      Congratulations on LOTD Lisa!! Lovely page. Sweet peas are gorgeous so pretty and a delightful scent! I do love gardening in general - and growing flowers, herbs and veg :)

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      Diana Grant 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      @paulahite: That's how I found this sweepea lens!

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      Diana Grant 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I grow wallflowers, hellebores, hollyhocks, nasturtiums, sweet peas, poppies, forget-me-nots, and aqualegia from seeds, to name but a few. Not always successful, but enough to fill lots of spaces in my London garden

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      6 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD, Lisa. We have a beautiful flower garden, and we add new flowers to it every year. It started with a few perennials we bought a couple years ago, and now, every year, we add new annuals and perennials to it. We grow some of the annuals from seeds and buy some as plants from stores. Perennials are usually more expensive, but it's great to see them come back year after year.

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      Tanya Jones 

      6 years ago from Texas USA

      Congrats on LOTD. This is an excellent lens. The growing season is long here, so I'm still hoping to do something with my patio. This would be a great addition.

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      6 years ago

      Sweet Peas are absolutely beautiful and I love the smell of them... I haven't tried to grow them though. I will have to give it a try. Thanks for the lens and congrats on LotD!!

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      Faye Rutledge 

      6 years ago from Concord VA

      Beautiful flowers! Congratulations on LotD!

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      Joanne Reid 

      6 years ago from Prince Edward Island/Arizona

      I love sweet peas and grow some -- I have a hardy bunch that for some reason are planted under the edge of the house so it is very difficult to transplant them or do anything with them so they just grow on their own, up over the sunroom window. Thanks for this lens.

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      Denise McGill 

      6 years ago from Fresno CA

      I love zennias. Sure, they don't smell but they are so cheerful and hardy all summer. I even collect the seeds and plant them the next spring for continuous color. Nice lens. Congrats on LOTD.

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      6 years ago

      I like perennials these days. I used to grow a lot of flowers from seed as a child. We are just across the water (the North Channel) from you! In my last house, the previous owner had planted everlasting sweet pea, which came up year after year. Again, as you say, the more you cut the flowers, the better it grows. Lovely lens. Gardening is a life-long enjoyment.

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      Greg Carl 

      6 years ago

      What a beautiful lens! You've inspired me to give it a try. I hope the results aren't disastrous. Congrats!

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      Shelly Sellers 

      6 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I adore Sweet Peas and I have a section on the side of my yard devoted to them. They are a bright-pink and resend every year. I have to keep my eye on the plants, as Sweet Peas climb anything :)

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      I do love to grow flowers, just have to find spots where the deer and the groundhogs won't eat them! Actually my most successful are marigolds, it seems the wildlife don't like them. I should try sweet peas again. Thanks for the suggestion!

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      6 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      We like to garden, though I won't say we are very good at it. We've had some flowers that have decided to hang around before. I think roses do best for us but I really want a blue hydrangea. Congrats on LOTD! I love purple and you make these look easy so I think I'll grab some of these along with another hydrangea. (I refuse to give up on having one). At least I'll know something will grow... the sweat peas!

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      astevn816 lm 

      6 years ago

      congratulation on lens of the day, a green thumb takes practice

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      Leah J. Hileman 

      6 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I love sweet peas; they are my birth month flower and my mum's as well. We have always enjoyed the fragrance but have never grown them.

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      6 years ago

      Actually, I have a black thumb but I still appreciate and respect what you've accomplished. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! I love Sweet Peas, nice lens! I have not had good success in growing them where I live now...but one can try till they find the right spot.

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      Fay Favored 

      6 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on LotD as well. Gave it a tweet :)

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      Fay Favored 

      6 years ago from USA

      Yes, when I can. However I've never grown these. I'd like to though.

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      Edith Rose 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Congats on LOTD. We always grow sweet peas.

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      Paula Hite 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      I planted some of these this year for the first time. So glad to have more info on them! I shared your lens on our G+ page today too!

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      6 years ago

      Congratulations on your LOTD!!!! Sweet peas do smell lovely!

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      Art Inspired 

      6 years ago

      Congratulations on your lens of the day! Thank you for sharing your sweet peas. I too grow sweet peas every year and love the smell and color of the flowers. Enjoyed your great photos too! Make it a great day!

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      6 years ago

      Beautiful flowers-and I love your tip about old plastic fruit containers and tea bags. Many thanks, and congrats on your LOTD.

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      6 years ago

      I have not planted sweet peas in years, so thanks for reminding me of their scented beauty!

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      Merry Citarella 

      6 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Congratulations on Lens of the Day. The pictures alone make me smile! Love sweet peas and their fragrance. A friend would always share hers with me. Your instructions make it look easy too. Great lens!

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      Stephen J Parkin 

      6 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I love the scent of sweet peas in the garden, and used to grow them for exactly the reasons you have outlined here. Got to love a flower that keeps growing back whenever you cut them off! Well deserved LOTD.

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      I love to garden and it's a great thing to involve children in.

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      Lee Hansen 

      6 years ago from Vermont

      I haven't grown sweet peas in my garden for several years - thanks to your reminder of how carefree and fragrant they are I'm planting some this year. Happy gardening!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      6 years ago from Lakewood New York

      I need something easy to grow, Thanks so much for the idea and instructions!! Congratulations on your LOTD!!!!

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      6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! I love sweet peas, we grow them up an old oak stump in the front garden every year and they smell divine :)

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      Lisa Auch 

      6 years ago from Scotland

      @takkhisa: I hope you are surprised in a good way! ;) Easy peasy :)

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      Lisa Auch 

      6 years ago from Scotland

      @Richard-H: I know you could do this :)

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      Lisa Auch 

      6 years ago from Scotland

      @soniabaad lm: I do love My Little Sweet Peas Thanks for visiting

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      soniabaad lm 

      6 years ago

      My hubby will love this lens. He loves gardening. Beautiful flowers at the end..

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      6 years ago

      Congrats on LotD! You deserve it! I like gardening so I am a bit surprised reading this lens. Thank you.

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      6 years ago

      Congrats! A super informative lens.

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      6 years ago

      Sounds good

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      6 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Sounds like something even a non-gardener like me could do :) Shared!


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