Plant Fruit Bushes and Trees

Fruit Bushes and Trees can be planted now while they are still dormant. Soft Fruit is always a popular choice and the Strawberry Malwina was chosen as a Which Best Buy - once tasted it’s easy to see why - it has large dark red fruit with succulent red flesh and is easy to pick.

Blackberry Reuben is Britain's first Blackberry that fruits on the first year's growth. It has an upright habit with compact fruit-bearing laterals, which makes picking easier making it a garden friendly variety.

Cropping from late August it will continue fruiting right up to the first frosts. The fruit is sweet and can be up to twice the size of most garden varieties.

If you have a small garden do not be put off planting a fruit tree because you think they need a lot of space. Most modern varieties from specialist suppliers are grown on dwarfing rootstock and do not take up too much space.

Fruit Trees can also be trained and grown very successfully as a fan or espalier against a wall. Apples Scrumptious or Queen Cox are ideal varieties to train, as is Pear Doyenne du Comice or the variety Sensation an unusual bright red when ripe.

If you only have a patio, Patio Fruit Trees are just perfect for containers, Patio Nectarine Fantasia is a genetically dwarf variety producing beautiful pink blossom in the spring and then, in late summer, really sweet, juicy, yellow-fleshed fruit. Fruit set is normally quite heavy so it is advisable to thin them out a bit and allow the remaining peaches to mature to full size, ready for picking in early August.

Soft Fruit is always popular, why not try growing a mix of different coloured raspberries? Glen Coe is a lovely purple, Valentina a golden yellow and not forgetting the choice of red varieties such as Glen Ample.

If you have a small garden do not be put off planting a fruit tree because you think they need a lot of space. Most modern varieties from specialist suppliers are grown on dwarfing rootstock and do not take up too much space.

Currants are also a very rewarding crop to grow, producing large bunches bunches of fruit throughout the summer. They're really versatile; they can be cooked and used in summer puddings or jam, or they're delicious eaten fresh too.