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Eckford coined the term “Grandiflora” – large flowered – to describe his varieties, as they were larger than the types in existence at the time, highly scented, and much in demand for cut flower production by professional and amateur alike. We’re not able to say with certainty whether our current varieties are directly descended from the original lines, or “rediscoveries” of a plant type that matches the original description. 

While Eckford is generally acknowledged as the grandfather of the sweet pea, there were many others, notably in the USA, who contributed to the development of sweet pea at this time, all of which left us the legacy of a range of form and colours that we enjoy today as Heirloom Grandiflora Sweet Peas




Sweet Pea America

Sweet Pea America

This is a white striped red with erect flag petal. Raised by Morse and tntroduced by Vaughan in...

Species: Lathyrus odoratus
Sweet Pea Type: Grandiflora sweet peas


Sweet Pea Annie Gilroy

Sweet Pea Annie Gilroy

A deep cerise coloured grandiflora, launched by Grayson in...

Species: Lathyrus odoratus
Sweet Pea Type: Grandiflora sweet peas


Sweet Pea Black Knight

Sweet Pea Black Knight

A striking dark sweet pea. Introduced by Eckford in 1898 and described as an erect dark claret standard with violet...

Species: Lathyrus odoratus
Sweet Pea Type: Grandiflora sweet peas


Sweet Pea Captain of the Blues

Sweet Pea Captain of the Blues

Introduced by Henry Eckford in 1890, a bright purple blue erect standard with paler...

Species: Lathyrus odoratus
Sweet Pea Type: Grandiflora sweet peas


Sweet Pea Cupani Original

Sweet Pea Cupani Original

A mass of maroon and purple flowers on bushy plants. A collection from the wild in Sicily, probably around 1975, this strain has all the original...

Species: Lathyrus odoratus
Sweet Pea Type: Grandiflora sweet peas


Sweet Pea Dorothy Eckford

Sweet Pea Dorothy Eckford

One of Henry Eckford's finest, introduced in 1903 and named after his daughter, this is the slightly hooded white heirloom variety. Very highly...

Species: Lathyrus odoratus
Sweet Pea Type: Grandiflora sweet peas


Sweet Pea Duke of York

Sweet Pea Duke of York

A bicolour with almost translucent bluish pink standard and white wings. Also known as...

Species: Lathyrus odoratus
Sweet Pea Type: Grandiflora sweet peas


Sweet Pea Flora Norton

Sweet Pea Flora Norton

A beautiful clear blue heirloom sweet pea. Raised by Morse and introduced by Vaughan  in...

Species: Lathyrus odoratus
Sweet Pea Type: Grandiflora sweet peas


Sweet Pea Henry Eckford

Sweet Pea Henry Eckford

Named by and for the "Father of the Sweet Pea", this stunningly unusual heirloom grandiflora orange-red is a truly beautiful flower....

Species: Lathyrus odoratus
Sweet Pea Type: Grandiflora sweet peas


Sweet Pea Lady Grisel Hamilton

Sweet Pea Lady Grisel Hamilton

Clear lavender coloured, hooded flowers, usually three per stem. Introduced by Eckford in...

Species: Lathyrus odoratus
Sweet Pea Type: Grandiflora sweet peas


Sweet Pea Lord Nelson

Sweet Pea Lord Nelson

Lord Nelson is a true navy blue - as you might expect - and beautifully scented. Introduced by House in...

Species: Lathyrus odoratus
Sweet Pea Type: Grandiflora sweet peas


Sweet Pea Miss Willmott

Sweet Pea Miss Willmott

Attractive pale orange and salmon pink bicoloured flowers. An heirloom grandiflora dating back to Henry Eckford in...

Species: Lathyrus odoratus
Sweet Pea Type: Grandiflora sweet peas