Sweet Pea 'Anniversary'

Sweet Pea 'Anniversary' is a white and palest pink sweet pea – spectacular. It is exceptionally long-flowering with long stems. More
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Sweet Pea 'Anniversary' is a white and palest pink sweet pea – spectacular. It is exceptionally long-flowering with long stems. 7/10 scent.

Spencer type sweet peas were initially bred by Silas Cole, a gardener working for the Spencer family in 1900. Everyone went mad for this frilly, flamboyant, scented flower and lots of work went into expanding the range so that they gradually became available in almost every colour.

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. Sweet peas are all easy to grow and will fill your garden and house with the best scent ever.

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 Spencer
Variety Anniversary
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 2m (6ft 7in)
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 May - August (winter-sown) or June - September (spring-sown), or 12-14 weeks from spring-sowing of seed.
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
Advice & Videos
Sarah's Weekly Blog: Sweet Peas for the future

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How to sow sweet peas in winter

Sarah shows you how to sow sweet pea seeds in the winter for more productive plants in the summer months.

The sweet pea story

 Find out the fascinating story behind the sweet pea.

How to tie in your sweet peas

In this quick video, Sarah shows you how to tie in your sweet peas for greater production and straighter, longer stems.

Why you should deadhead your sweet peas

Sarah shows you how to deadhead your sweet peas, and tells you why it's important to do so, along with her philosophy of 'the generous gardener gets...

How to make a sweet pea table centrepiece

Sarah shows us how to make a really quick and easy, colourful table centrepiece with sweet peas, something that is perfect for a summer party or...

Sweet peas at Perch Hill

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How to grow sweet peas from seed

Find the best method of growing sweet peas from seed for strong, productive plants.

How to cordon train your sweet peas

Discover how to cordon train your sweet peas for magnificent plants.


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Sweet Pea 'Anniversary' reviews

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Reviewed 22nd November 2018 by Caroline

These were slow to mature but flowered OK

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Sarah

I only got one Anniversary seedling, the rest were a pale lilac with picotee edge, or white or pink. They were all fragrant, which was something!

This is the second year running you have sent me the wrong sweet peas. I have reported this, but got no response.

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Gaynor

Loved this and will buy again. New favourite - lovely scent, long lasting, long stems, delicate and quite beautiful

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Reviewed 31st October 2018 by Denise

They grew well, lovely summer display.

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Reviewed 3rd October 2018 by Margaret

Beautiful and did very well.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Elizabeth

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Suzanne

Best sweet pea this year, absolutely beautiful, vigorous plant, survived the draught better than the rest.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Karen

Poor quality flowers. Won’t buy again.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for leaving your review. We are very sorry to hear of your disappointment with your Sweet Peas. Please contact our Customer Services team at info@sarahraven.com who will look in to this matter for you."

Posted 7th November 2018

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Gina

Good plants but some didn't flower so well

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Joanna

I bought this last year so went for it again but found it to be too similar to Hi-scent, almost difficult to tell them apart so will opt for Hi-scent next year.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Gillian

Best ever for scent and amount of flowers wish I had ordered more!

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Reviewed 4th September 2018 by Frances

No good, I am sorry to say, I do think it has been down to the very hot summer. Have always had such great Sweet Peas from Sarah.

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Reviewed 2nd September 2018 by John

Nice colour but comparatively short lived compared to Sweet Peas listed below

Lovely sweet pea

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Reviewed 5th September 2016 by Elaine Hughes

This is the best sweet pea I have ever grown. Lots of strong stems, lovely scent and hasn't diminished at all, all summer.
Will definitely be growing it again next year and hope to find others with equal vigour

Sweet Peas from seed

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Reviewed 17th November 2014 by ELIZABETH WALKER

I grow a different selection every year in your black plastic root trainers. Have to treat with care but they do a great job. Plant out in May and go sailing for a month. On return I cut down to 2 strong side shoots and train them up the poles. In full flower in July & Aug when garden is open for NGS. Anniversary & Prince Edward of York (and Noel Sutton) are the best for longevity. But I always grow a large tub of Matucana outside my back door for scent!