Plant name: Sweet Peas
Botanical name: Lathyrus species and cultivars (shown, L. 'Matucana')
Suggested by: Josh Kirschenbaum of Territorial Seed Company
Virtues: Some varieties of this annual plant are climbing types, some are more compact, and others yet are trailing plants for hanging baskets.
Flower: Shades of white, pink, red, blue, and purple. Most are incredibly fragrant.
Foliage: Gray-green foliage that is somewhat similar to an edible pea.
Habit: Most are trailing types, to 4 or 5 feet.
Season: Early summer
Companions: Sweet peas make a great backdrop for just about any lower-growing annual or perennial.