About the book

The Sweet Pea Book is the first comprehensive book on sweet peas for over thirty years. This beatifully illustrated book features an intriguing historical overview which discusses the origins of our favourite flower and this is followed by an accessible account of all the practicalities - seed raising, preparation and planting, and care of the plants. Using sweet peas to create attractive plant pictures in the garden is covered in unusual detail with specific advice on the best planting partners. There are also suggestions on how to ensure that cut sweet peas last well when cut for the house and on how to raise your own new varieties.

The comprehensive descriptive list provides scent ratings for most varieties and the problems which may trouble sweet peas are discussed.

Illustrated with exquisite, specially commissioned colour photographs The Sweet Pea Book is a masterful combination of elegance and practicality - much like the sweet pea itself.

Full contents

From the wild to our gardens
In the garden
Dwarf sweet peas
Sweet peas in containers
Descriptions of all available varieties
Sweet pea species
Raising sweet peas from seed
Care and culture of sweet peas
Creating new sweet peas
Solving sweet pea problems
In the house
Basics of exhibiting
Sweet peas in the United States
Awards to sweet peas
Where to buy sweet peas

All words © Graham Rice/ 2006. All pictures ©judywhite/gardenphotos.com or © Howard Rice/Unwins Seeds unless otherwise stated.
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