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I spotted this in a breeder's trial field from over a hundred potential new varieties and brought it back to trial for a couple of years at Perch Hill. It is my current number one favourite, rich and soft at the same time and with a good vase life.

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Genus Dahlia
Group/Species Anemone Group

Centre compromises of dense elongated tubes rather than a disc. The outer parts have one or more rings of flattened petals. Click here for more information about dahlia groups.

Variety Sarah Raven
Type Tender Perennial
Common Name Dahlia
Border Position Cutting Garden
Bulb Size I
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 90cm (36in)
Spacing 75cm (30in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Plant just under the soil surface after the last frosts. Alternativley pot them up undercover March or early April in a generous pot (at least 2 litre) filled with multi-purpose potting compost. Place them in a light, frost-free place and keep the compost moist. Pinch out their growing tips when they have reached about 8" tall. They will have formed bushy plants by the time the frosts have ended and will be in flower by the beginning of July. If you don’t have anywhere to grow the potted tubers, you can put them straight into the ground when the frosts are nearly over, mulching them or protecting with a cloche or protective horticultural fleece if the foliage appears before the frosts are over, but this will delay flowering.
Care Tips Support with a stout stick, tie in every couple of weeks. In the south you can mulch deeply and overwinter them in the ground, alternatively, lift and overwinter your dahlias frost free undercover.
Flowering July - November
Vase Life Only pick dahlias in full flower. Recut the hollow stem ends under water to avoid airlocks.
Harvesting Flower production 5 months
Cooking Notes All dahlia flowers are edible. I use the petals scattered over salad and to decorate a range of puddings
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
Advice & Videos
Dahlias | Why Sarah Loves Them

Sarah shares why dahlias are her favourite.

Container Dahlias | Why Sarah Loves These

Sarah discusses her current favourite dahlias for pots, and how to grow and care for them for the most floriferous container displays.

Understanding dahlia groups

A list of the different dahlia groups, along with some classification info and an example of a variety in each group.

History of the dahlia

First discovered by Aztec Indians and used for food and medicine, this tuber has an interesting history of cultivation.

How to plant and grow dahlia tubers

Discover how to grow strong, healthy dahlias – how to plant, look after and overwinter them, and what to do with your bulbs when they arrive.

How to overwinter dahlia tubers

Sarah discusses the best options for overwintering dahlias – lifting or mulching.

Sublime dark dahlia flower arrangement

Sarah shows you how to make a gorgeous large arrangement of dahlias.

Planting narcissi bulbs with dahlias

Have a beautiful display of flowers in your garden from March to the first frosts with this simple planting technique.

New favourite dahlia arrangement

Sarah shows you how to make a quick arrangement of colourful dahlias.

Growing dahlias in pots

Sarah shows you her favourite dahlia varieties for pots, and gives you some tips on how to grow them successfully.

How to take dahlia cuttings

Watch and learn how to take dahlia cuttings – turn 1 tuber into 10.


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Dahlia 'Sarah Raven' reviews

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Reviewed 4th November 2019 by Esther

First to flower and a really strong plant. Sill going in November. Nice form of flower as a contrast to the more traditional full dahlias.

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Reviewed 14th September 2019 by Jacqueline

Sarah Raven is lovely dahlia but only one that grew on and flowered. Disappointing. I wonder if your brand is becoming so popular that quality has fallen. the seedlings I bought from you this year (sweet peas and tomatoes) were very poor, I won't be buying them again.

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Reviewed 16th August 2019 by Sue

Possibly my favourite dahlia.....

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Reviewed 2nd August 2019 by Sarah

Flowered early but buds quick to rot and slugs aimed for this out of nine other dahlias purchased

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Valerie

Good stock sent.and very impressed with the condition of tubers.

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Jill

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Janet

Love the colour . Growing and flowering well.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Alison

Has not grown well at all. Started off in a pot,, then planted out but has not done well at all

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Penny

The plants arrived in a poor condition one with a single shrivelled stem which subsequently died and dropped off. The second two were marginally stronger but the stems so weak they were bent and broken at tuber level tubers looked very sad and rotten. One only has survived and is planted. I sent images and have had a refund I hope thank you

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Jennifer

Arrived within 48 hours of ordering. Good plant yet to flower

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Belinda

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Michele

This plant is absolutely stunning, it had been packed with care and arrive in excellent condition,
It is now flowering away happily in its new home. Very pleased

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Joanne

Good size tuber that came into growth in a pot quickly. Unfortunately the strong stems were broken off by our dog, but it soon grew some more strong shoots and is coming up to flower shortly.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Jane

Beautiful dahlia , good size tuber

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Claire


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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Charlotte

Beautiful dahlia but doesn't last long once picked.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Lorraine

Arrrived in perfect condition and has grown lots of foliage , still to flower. Slugs have left alone

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Hilary

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Maureen

One tuber never grew, one died. Maybe due to dry weather. But other dahlias love it here. The other are OK but but not impressive so far. Maybe better next year.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Janet

I planted them under a tall obelisk in the middle of the main flower bed - good sun but other plants about to grow tall - and never saw them again. Possibly snails, but really disappointing .

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Judi

Healthy plant, lovely blooms