'Sugar Snap' peas are my go-to variety and have been for over 40 years. They produce delicious edible podded peas that you can snack on straight from the garden. Kids LOVE them.
This variety grows 6 foot vines. I grow mine on tall chicken wire fences. I can't get enough for fresh eating and I also love to freeze them for winter meals. Peas are a cool season crop and one of the very first seeds you should plant in your spring garden. As long as the weather doesn't get too hot, they will grow leaves/vines. Once it really heats up, they will start to produce flowers and fruit. So, the earlier you can get them established, the more peas you will have. If we have a very cold early spring, speed up the process by rolling the seeds in moist paper towels and pre-sprouting them before planting.