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Sweet Peas: An Essential Guide

Following the success of Roger’s book “Sweet Peas: an Essential Guide” published in 2011, a second edition is available and brings us bang up to date.

*Soft cover format with 12 chapters and over 150 colour pictures

* This essential guide by Roger Parsons traces the history and development of the sweet pea, explaining how the size and vigour of the species has evolved. 
* It introduces the different types of sweet pea enjoyed today and describes from a botanic perspective what a sweet pea is and how it grows. 
* Guidance is given to enable gardeners to grow better sweet peas for the garden, cut flowers or exhibition, whether in the UK or elsewhere.
* Further chapters explain how to keep plants healthy, how to choose varieties and how to produce new varieties. 
* A final chapter introduces other Lathyrus species.


Available from the author at £19.95 plus mailing, which can be a signed copy if preferred.
Or from any bookseller.

Published in November 2018 by The Crowood Press ISBN: 978 1 78500 533 6


Mailing costs are:
To a UK address (including islands) £3.50
To Europe £8.70

To the Rest of the World £14.00 (if order also includes seeds the cost of postage is £17.50)
To get your copy, just click on How to Order


We stock a selection of used books on sweet peas and sweet pea annuals. Stock is always changing so please ask if we have the publication you are looking for. 

Buy online...

2020-21 Seed Catalogue now available...

Our 2020-21 catalogue is now available in PDF form to downlaod below.

2020-2021 Catalogue.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [13.1 MB]

How to order

There are multiple ways to order from us:

  • Online via the website shop
  • Online via email
  • By post
  • By telephone
  • By bank transfer

Full details of each can be found on the how to order page.

Our Prices...

All seeds on this site are £1.50 per packet (minimum 10 seeds) or £6.50 per large packet (min. 50 seeds) unless otherwise stated.

Varieties and species not currently shown on the site are £2.50 per packet, £6.50 per large packet.

Please add postage:

£1.65 per seed order to the UK and Islands;

£4.00 to Europe outside the UK

£10.00 to the rest of the world (tracked and signed where available)

Our Collections...

Scented Collection - £13.50

10 packets from the varieties listed on our "Old-fashioned & Grandiflora" pages. You can choose or else leave it to us.


Sussex Collection - £13.50

10 packets from the varieties listed on our "Spencer" pages. You can choose or else leave it to us.


Exhibitor's Collection £29.00

5 large packets from the varieties listed on our "Spencer" pages. You can choose or else leave it to us.

Want to learn to grow better Sweet Peas?

Why not join the

National Sweet Pea Society


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