Flower Spotlight: sweet pea
If you happen to pass by a cottage on a lazy summer day, take a moment to stop and smell the flowers. One of the blooms you will probably smell is sweet pea. Their pretty pink petals are often found spilling out of baskets and milk cans or mounded in garden beds and window boxes. Sweet pea blooms are easy to grow and continue to bloom continuously throughout the spring season. They are the official birth month flower for April.
Sweet peas can cluster or climb and come in a variety of colors, including pink, bluish-purple, red, white, lavender, and a multitude of variegated combinations. Not all variations feature the intense fragrance most people associate with sweet pea blooms, but that does not make their pretty floral cluster any less popular. With strong stems and hardy blooms, these flowers are easy to cut and use in arrangements, making them a seasonal favorite amongst florists and wedding planners.
Pair sweet pea with astilbe, sweet william, ranunculus, scabiosa, tulips, and spray roses in a clean white vase with modern lines for an elegant table setting at a corporate or formal event. For smaller, more personal settings, place some sweet pea, queen ann's lace, lisianthus, daffodils, and sprigs of green in varying lengths for a bright, fun feel.
Featuring folded petals that look almost like butterflies, sweet pea can grow up to eight feet tall when vining and over two feet tall when mounding outside. With summer on its way, consider incorporating sweet pea into your garden, patio pots, and hanging baskets, or ask for them in your next fresh-cut floral arrangement.
However you choose to incorporate sweet pea into your gardens or floral arrangements, they are sure to bring brightness and beauty all season long. Ask a Lilygrass floral designer how to incorporate some sweet pea stems into your next order!
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