The Lathyrus vernus is somewhat of an underdog in comparison to its showy climbing relative. This perennial sweet pea grows to a discreet height of 30cm on average, creating a show of purple blue blooms in early spring. It comes as a welcome contrast to the annual sweet pea, as once planted it will be back the following season with no need for support. I like to think that this delicate sweet pea stands its ground in comparison to its cousin whilst bringing a taste of what the summer will bring just as winter comes to an end.
Words by Sam, photographs by Hannah