Catherine StewartSweet Success

Today I’m loving my dwarf sweet peas. I just have to keep going outside and looking at them. Yeah, I know they’re only annuals, but they’re so cute, with those pinkbi-coloured flowers and they look great mixed among the golden marjoram. I even grew them from seed, which is not one of my strong points.

Sweet pea May Gibbs Fairy

Seed raising I find is too fussy – fiddling about with seed raising mix and transplanting and thinning. Way TMT (that’s Too Much Trouble). But when you’re given a packet of free seed and they’re big and easy to handle and they go straight into the ground, well that’s different.
I’ve grown sweet peas as old-fashioned climbers before with mixed success, so I wondered about this new groundcover variety – Yates Sweet Pea ‘May Gibbs Fairy’.

Groundcover sweet peas grown from Yates seed ‘May Gibbs Fairy’ sitting pretty among golden marjoram

New plant varieties so often have a media release that makes them sound like they’re a cure for cancer, and then I find out they’re complete duds in my garden. But these are fantastic, with delicious, pretty two-toned pink flowers, and sweetly scented too. Each plant has spread to about 30cm wide and, although they’ve attached themselves to adjacent plants they look like they’re just being extra friendly, with no rampant climbing tendencies at all. Definitely a 5/5 for these. Make a note of them for next year!



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Catherine Stewart

About Catherine Stewart

Award-winning garden journalist, blogger and photographer; writer for garden magazines and co-author of 'Waterwise Gardening'; landscape designer turned landscape design judge and critic; compulsive networker and lover of generally putting fingers in lots of pies. Particularly mud pies. Original creator of GardenDrum. South Coast NSW.

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