There is nothing better than enjoying the taste of your very own, home grown fruit and veg, tasting far better than anything you'll find on the supermarket shelves. Fruit trees and bushes are surprising easy to grow and incredibly rewarding come harvest time. Fruit trees are a real asset to any garden and will reliably produce a health crop each year with a little care and attention. There are a range of different rootstocks growing to different sizes from small to large, so don't immediately rule fruit trees out if you have a small garden. Soft fruit bushes can be grown in the border, a container, grow bag or even a hanging basket in some cases. Some of the easiest to grow are strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.
In the guides below we talk you through all of the different types of fruit bushes and trees you may wish to grow, recommended varieties, culinary uses of the fruits, planting advice and gardening care. We cover 18 different types of fruits and berries all in all, ranging from staple apple trees, blackberries, strawberries and rhubarb to less popular choices such as cranberries, fig and kiwi trees.
Apples are the most popular type of fruit tree for good reason - they are easy to grow, productive and there are varieties and growth forms suitable for every garden. Different varieties produce their fruit at different times of the year and late ripening varieties store well.
Apricots are a rewarding fruit to grow, being relatively undemanding apart from feed and water and producing a delicious tasting fruit packed will juice that provides fibre, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. As they are self fertile they will crop well from a single tree.
Blackberry plants are easy-to-grow, pest and disease resistant and suitable for smaller gardens. They can be trained over a pergola or arch, grown as a fan against a wall or kept in a container on the patio. Often used for their attractive flowers as well as the fruit.
Blackcurrants are delightful, generous cropping fruit bushes that have been grown in the British Isles for over 500 years.The flowers are followed by bunches of small, glossy dark purple-black fruits that develop along the stems in mid-summer and are harvested by hand.
Blueberries produce an abundant crop through the summer. They can be either evergreen or deciduous, with deciduous varieties displaying fabulous fiery red autumnal colour. Dainty white flowers are produced in early summer, followed by clusters of sweet and juicy blueberry.
For many, cherry blossoms are characteristic of the coming of spring with their beautiful density and hue. Distinctive pink or white flowers are borne in bunches or racemes in April, adding a fabulous flush of colour to your garden and making it the envy of your neighbour.
Cranberry bushes are hardy and virtually pest free with a useful dual offering of both fruit and ornamental interest through much of the season. Adaptable and easy to maintain, the flowering edible shrub comes in 2 main forms: upright and trailing.
Forming a large shrub or deciduous tree (depending on pruning), figs boasts large, lush, maple-like fragrant leaves which sometimes develop a rustic appearance in autumn, as well as beautiful smooth crinkly light bark. Perfect for containers with delicious fruit.
Gooseberries are fantastic, easy to grow fruit bushes with thorny stems, deciduous deeply lobed fresh green leaves and small, pink flushed green flowers. Bushes are self-fertile, so will reliably produce an abundance of fruit. Self fertile so will produce reliably on their own.
Grape vines can be trained up walls, trellis, arches or pergolas and look particularly stunning when laden with fruit. They are surprisingly easy to grow, thrive readily in the right conditions and can be kept at a height manageable for you with annual pruning.
Kiwi vines are vigorous, hardy deciduous woody climbers. They're very vigorous once established, so only suitable for gardens with plenty of space and a strong support structure such as a trellis, pergola or arch. Best positioned against a warm south-facing wall.
Pears are long-lived, producing plenty of sweet and juicy crops. With careful site selection, planting and aftercare, they will yield a handsome reward for the rest of your life. Different varieties produce their fruit at different times of the year and late varieties store well.
As one of the earliest crops to flower in the fruit garden, plum trees produce attractive blossoms and delicious plump fruit. Plums fall into three main types - dessert plums best eaten raw; culinary plums best cooked or made into jams; and dual purpose plums good for both.
Raspberries are vigorous, self-fertile cane plants producing an abundance of delicious fruit.There are two types: summer-fruiting and autumn-fruiting. Good for cooler gardens as they flower late in spring when the danger of frost has passed.
Redcurrants are self-fertile, so you only need one plant for a bumper crop. Unfussy and adaptable, they can grow in semi-shaded or damp conditions, making them ideal for unproductive corners of a garden where other plants struggle to survive.
Rhubarb is a tasty, low maintenance perennial vegetable, dying down in autumn only to bounce back with incredible vigour in the spring. It is fully hardy and frost resistant, actually requiring a winter chill period to produce the best crops.
Strawberries offer a quintessential taste of British summertime with their characteristic aroma, bright red colour, juicy texture and sweetness. Can be grown in the border, growth bags, containers, window boxes or hanging baskets and great for growing with children.
Whitecurrants are heavy-cropping, easy-to-grow berry plants that are immensely rewarding to grow but less popular than other fruit such as raspberries and strawberry plants. They do particularly well in northern regions and tolerant damp and shady conditions.
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