Sweet Pea ‘Nimbus'

Lathyrus odoratus

Dramatic and moody this striped sweet pea features dramatic markings on the rear of the petals and the tops of the wings. Named for its stormy grey colouration and appearance.

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Sweet Pea ‘Nimbus'

Admired for its divinely scented blooms, 'Nimbus' is as dramatic as a storm cloud and is another outstanding example of Dr Keith Hammett's' striped sweet peas. With unique marbling, this Spencer type variety boasts exhibition-quality flowers around 25-30cm tall, making them popular with florists for cut flower arrangements. Dark purple stripes and inky blue-black streaks captivate the eye and adds a moody elegance to gardens and flower arrangements. Needing at least 12 hours of sunlight for optimal flowering, plant in full sun and enjoy its stormy performance in spring.
How to grow

Sweet Peas prefers a sunny open position in the garden in a soil enriched with aged compost and decomposed manure. Ideally, soils should have a pH around 7 or above for optimal growth as they dislike acidic soils. Sweet Peas attach readily to any open structure that they can get their tendrils around, from simple wire fencing, to cane tepees and elaborate arbours and lattice work. It is important to set up any support before sowing or transplanting so as to avoid damaging the young seedlings as they establish. Sow seed either insitu, or in trays for transplanting. Direct sowing works very well for spring and summer sowings, while indoor sowing is best in autumn. Protect young seedlings from snails, especially during the cooler months. As they begin to flower, it is important to water regularly during dry periods and pick the flowers to prolong flowering.

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