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Annual Climbers Trial

26th March 2019

We are delighted to share that Parham’s annual climber trial was featured on BBC Gardener’s World this month. The popular gardening show paid a visit to Parham last August to capture the spectacular results of our fourth planting trial.

Last year, the Garden Team chose to trial annual climbers, in order to find the best varieties to incorporate into the displays here at Parham. From Climbing French Beans to Clematis and Cobaea, the team planted close to 130 different vibrant vines. Grown from seed, the climbers were planted in handmade obelisks using birch from the Estate.

Peaking from July to October, the annual climbers not only created a show-stopping summer display but also continued to provide colour until late in the year.

Looking at colour, shape and performance both in the garden and as cut flowers, the gardening team set about choosing which plants would work well in displays in our Walled Garden’s borders and flower arrangements throughout the House.

Below is a list of the team’s favourite flower varieties.

If you missed the episode of BBC Gardener’s World you can watch it here.

GenusSpeciesCultivar
BasellarubraClimbing Spinach
PetuniaTidal Wave Red Velour
DolchilospurpureusRuby Moon
CobaeascandensAlba
Cobaeascandens
MinalobataJungle Queen
ClematistanguticaHelios
HumulusjaponicusVariegatus
ThunbergiaalataSpanish Eyes
ThunbergiaalataSuperstar Orange
ThunbergiaalataDesert Sandstorm
ThunbergiaalataClear-eyed Yellow
AsarinascandensMystic Purple
AsarinascandensRose
AsarinascandensSummer Snow
Maurandyaerubescens
IpomoeaquamoclitWhite Feather
IpomoeapurpureaCaprice
IpomoeaDolce Vita
Ipomoeawrightii
IpomoeaParty Dress
IpomoeapurpureaKniolas Black Knight
IpomoeacoccineaCardinal Climber
IpomoeaBlue Star
Climbing French BeanBlauhilde
Climbing French BeanNeckagold
Runner beanPainted Lady
Runner beanTenderstar
PumpkinMunchkin
LathyrustigitanusRoseus
Ipomeaalba
IpomeaFlying Saucer
IpomeaPearly Gates