Name: Lathyrus odoratus, aka Sweet Pea
Type of Plant: Annual vine, grown from seeds.
Why I Love This Plant: They are sweet in all phases, and the old-fashioned varieties are fragrant. I love them for cut flowers in small bouquets, and in a container growing up a small obelisk or on small trellises. For earlier flowers in May, start the seeds 6 weeks before you can put them out.
A Word to the Wise: These plants love cool weather, and I just happened to luck out this year since June was so cool. Like the peas you plant in the garden, however, once the hot weather hits these old-fashioned annuals may turn yellow and die, so be prepared to do a quick replacement planting of other tall annuals or vines once they go.
Deadhead the flowers as they go by to encourage the blooming as long as the plants thrive.