Sweet Pea 'Prince Edward of York'

Sweet Pea 'Prince Edward of York' is my absolute favourite sweet pea with deep pink wings and pale pink nose – amazing scent, long-flowering and truly beautiful. More
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Sweet Pea 'Prince Edward of York' is my absolute favourite sweet pea with deep pink wings and pale pink nose – amazing scent, long-flowering and truly beautiful. 9/10 scent.

The result of Henry Eckford's work in the late 19th century is the Grandiflora group of sweet peas which, until this year, formed 90 per cent of the varieties I grow. They have what are now considered to be relatively small flowers and short stems with three, sometimes four flowers to a stem, but many of them are irresistible, with wonderful, strong scent and great dignity and elegance.

No garden is complete without sweet peas. Grow them over arches, teepees and trellis and plant them with your runner beans to draw lots of insect pollinators into your veg patch.

We sow our highly-scented, old-fashioned sweet pea seeds in the winter, as well as in the spring, so that you will have excellent productive plants throughout the summer. Our sweet pea seedlings come with full planting instructions.

Genus Lathyrus odoratus
Group/Species Eckford grandiflora

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Variety Prince Edward of York
Type Hardy Annual Climber
Common Name Sweet Pea
Border Position Climber
Soil Type Fertile, Neutral
Scent Scented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 2 metres (6ft)
Spacing Plant out, 2 plants to a vertical support, 15cm (6in) apart in a mild spell in March-May.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow October-December or January-March, 2 seeds into 1 rootrainer. When roots fill container, pot on 2 seedlings together into a 1 litre pot. Pinch out tips when plants have 4 pairs of leaves. If autumn sown, overwinter in a light, cool place. Sweet peas often have quite a hard seed coat so it may help to soften the seed before sowing. To do this, place the seeds on some damp kitchen paper and pop them in a warm spot. Once the seeds start to swell or sprout they are ready to sow. If the seeds don’t seem to be swelling you can try making a small nick in the seed coat (opposite the ‘eye’) as this will help moisture enter the seed and kick-start the germination process.
Care Tips Remove the climbing tendrils as they grow. Tie the stem into your framework on a regular basis. Can be grown in deep container pots up a climbing frame. Find out how to cordon train your sweet pea in Sarah's how-to guide.
Flowering June - November
Vase Life 4-5 days. Avoid direct sunlight and heat. This has a beautiful scent.
Harvesting Keep picking as often as you can.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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The MOST AMAZING sweetpeas

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Reviewed 1st July 2018 by Victoria Parkinson

I treated myself to a selection of Sarah Raven sweetpeas - Prince Edward of York, Almost Black and Matucana - I have never had so many beautiful flowers. I am getting a handful every day of the most glorious, rich and vibrant colours, beautiful long straight stalks with wonderful scent. I will never go back to garden centre sweetpeas again!

Glorious!

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Reviewed 6th June 2018 by Fiona

Sowed some last autumn and they made it through the winter unscathed. Now I am being rewarded by the most glorious bright pink flowers. They have such lovely long stems and a delightful scent. By far my favourite sweet pea. Highly recommended.

Simply Stunning, So Bright!!!!

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Reviewed 14th September 2016 by Heather Soper

I adore them! Bright pink and a peachy pink, almost an orange, they are superb!
Best Ever!!!!!!!

So Bright!!!

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Reviewed 13th August 2016 by Heather

These are absolutely stunning, really striking, the colour is amazing! I am going to have them next year!

Still picking in November!

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Reviewed 3rd November 2015 by Emily Hayward

I just had to write a review of these beautiful bright sweet peas as its the 3rd November and I just picked another large bunch! Ok, I only ordered them in early May and with the cold weather up here in Cheshire they were slow to get going in summer but they have made up for it this autumn. They are very vigorous, towering well over my 180cm teepee and smell gorgeous. I will definitely buy these again.