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Sweet Pea, High Scent

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Delicate and fresh, room filling aroma.

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Just one cluster of cut stems delicately permeates a room with a pure, clean scent. Large, heavenly blossoms are silky white with a lavender picotee edge. Vines ramble to 6 ft.; an ideal choice for flowing over patio urns or climbing up a small garden trellis.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

48-72 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

36-48 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Borders, Cut Flowers, Trellis or Lattice

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.


Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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  • Sweet Peas

    Sweet Peas
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • Sweet pea seed has a hard seed coat. To aid germination, soak the seed in water before sowing.
  • Direct sow seeds in average soil in full sun in early spring. In frost-free areas, sow from fall to early spring.
  • Sweet peas are climbers, and need some sort of support around which they can wrap their tendrils. They can climb a fence, trellis or even strings. Dwarf cultivars need no support.
  • Prepare the soil by removing weeds and working organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Sow seeds 3 inches apart and cover with 2 inches of fine soil.
  • Firm soil lightly and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings will emerge in 10-14 days depending on the soil and weather conditions.
  • Thin plants to stand 6 inches apart when plants are 1 to 2 inches high.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary. Good air movement is also important.
  • Do not fertilize unless the plants are showing a nutrient deficiently. If you over fertilize, sweet peas may produce lush foliage at the expense of flowers.
  • Remove spent flower heads to keep plants flowering.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Remove plants after they are killed by frost in fall to avoid disease issues the following year.
  • Sweet pea vines need little care and are easy to grow.
  • In the cool weather of spring, sweet peas add a wonderful old-fashioned feel to flower beds, trellises, and containers.
  • Fragrant flowers are excellent for cutting.
  • Sweet peas perform best in cool weather. They can tolerate a light frost.
Full Sun
48-72 inches
36-48 inches
Ornamental Use
Borders, Cut Flowers, Trellis or Lattice
Life Cycle
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Bloom Duration
8 weeks
Flower color
Purple, White
Sweet Pea, High Scent is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Legging vines no flowers After reading all the great reviews here I was super bummed that these sweet pea seeds never took off. I bought them as a part of the Burpees Trellis & Fence Garden package which I thought was a deal. Maybe I got a dud? Seeds germanated but then never really survived alongside my Nasturiums. I was hoping the sweet smell would mix well with my roses and I did get a few very ravid looking vines that i put in my planter on my city balcony. But all in all they were a complete flop. I wish I had more photos but this is one of the struggling little plants looking quite reluctant to be alive. The soil was good, and they were in between 4 roses so really no excuses for lack of flower. Maybe I’ll try again with seed from another company this year.
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Fragrance I have grown High Scent Sweet Peas for decades and they never fail to produce large flowers, strong vines and the most superb perfume of all the Sweet Peas offered in this country. There are a few tricks I've learned from an English Head Gardener, mix with Burpee's High Scent seed, and you will have an extraordinary display in your garden.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great smell. Start inside? I start most of my flowers inside for 6 weeks and I did this for these High Scent Sweet Peas. Often when I transplant the seedling to the garden the seedling does not grow for a couple weeks. This was true for these High Scents. However, by August 1 the plants were 2 meters tall and blooming. Next year I will try direct sowing a little later and see if they bloom earlier.
Date published: 2016-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful fragrance and lovely wonderful flowers I planted them in the middle of our super mild winter because we had just moved and I was impatient to get the flower beds started. The Sweet peas of course didn't come up until the time was right. They have climbed the fence and perfumed the air. In fact I first noticed they were starting to bloom because of their scent!
Date published: 2016-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Plant in early fall I bought these expecting to plant them in the spring only to find out that you plant them in the fall. I guess I'll have to wait unfortunately.
Date published: 2016-02-17
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