Lord Nelson Sweet Pea Seedlings

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Shade Full Sun
Area Coastal Areas, Frost Pockets, Scotland & The North
Soil Good, Well Drained
Colour Blue (Deep)
Type Rootrained, Seedling
Also Good Fragrant, Repeat Flowering
Flowering May, Jun, Jul, Aug

Lathyrus odoratus Lord Nelson

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Lord Nelson Sweet Pea

It is hard to describe Lord Nelson's colour - a cross between Elizabeth Taylor's eyes and a tropical sea on a cloudy day - suffice to say they are a deep violet, navy colour of real depth and beauty. The petals are slightly veined which gives the small but plentiful flowers a look of fragility which entirely belies this extraordinarily tough seadog. The flowers cover the sturdy stems and are so highly scented that they will fill your garden with perfume, and then your house if they are planted nearby. Browse our list of sweet peas.

Safe Harbour

The colour of this sweet pea should not be confined to below decks in the vegetable garden but should be there like a great wave of colour in your borders trailed over a tepee or some such. Lord Nelson flowers so prolifically and its exotic blue works well with pale blues, lavenders and pastels to bright golds, reds or silvers. Try harbouring Lord Nelson next to a shrub rose like Graham Thomas or intertwined with his honeysuckle for an out of this world scent sensation. Other old-fashioned sweet peas include the lovely Flora Norton, King Edward V11 or Mrs Collier as suitable first mates or another port of call could be to grow some of the more modern Spencer varieties as a contrast.

Features of Lord Nelson Sweet Peas

  • Colour: navy/violet-purple
  • Stem: short
  • Height: 2m
  • Type: Heirloom Grandiflora
  • Scent: highly scented
  • Flowering: May to August
  • Planting Months: March-April

A navy beyond all others

Lord Nelson was the Admiral who both won and was killed at Trafalgar in 1805, now immortalised annually in this sweet pea. It was introduced in 1907 by Henry Eckford's sweet pea breeding programme at Isaac House in Wiltshire, and remains an extraordinarily popular. 

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Bareroot planting is best done between October and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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