Fruit Trees & Bushes

Fruit Trees & Bushes

Growing Fruit In The UK

Despite the UK’s reputation for changeable weather, it is possible to grow a wide variety of fruit. Apples and pears are some of the most widely grown fruit trees in the UK and for good reason. They can cope with the cold, wind and rain better than most trees with stone fruits (cherries, peaches etc), although their tolerance varies with variety. If you live in southern and central England, you will have a wider choice of varieties to pick from than if you live further north. Even within a garden,... Read More

Fruit Trees & Bushes, Garden Design

New Arrivals For 2022 – Our Pick Of The Latest Fruit Trees

We’re thrilled to announce a number of new fruit trees and bushes have been added to our offering. Firstly, Tickled Pink is an exciting dual-purpose apple tree with colourful red-fleshed apples that retain their shape, colour and flavour when cooked. The delicious apples were even featured on the BBC’s Great British Menu in 2019. We also have three new eating apple varieties that are all suited to juicing. Chivers Delight and Jonagold have a sweet honeyed flavour, with the large fruits of Jonagold storing for 1-2 months and Chivers Delight... Read More

Autumn Colour, Fruit Trees & Bushes, Garden Design, Ornamental Trees, Winter Gardens

Delightfully Diverse Crab Apples

Crab apples are wonderfully varied, from the little gem-like fruits of Malus brevipes ‘Wedding Bouquet’ (above, far left) to the large culinary crab apples of Malus ‘Rosehip’ with their pronounced calyx (above, far right). The fruits come in a range of colours, shapes and sizes, with colours ranging from bright yellow through to crimson red and dark purple. Some crab apples are particularly decorative and others are ideal for turning into delicious crab apple jelly or chutney. Those best for culinary use include Malus ‘Butterball’, Malus ‘Jelly King’, Malus ‘John... Read More

Events, Fruit Trees & Bushes, Garden Design

National Allotments Week 2019

Our new arrival of fruit trees have tasty crops, but what sets them apart is the stunning colour of the fruits. As well as being suited to allotments and orchards, they’re attractive enough to be worthy of a place in your gardens, plus they’ll make your crops stand out against the plethora of allotment photos being shared as part of #NationalAllotmentsWeek on social media. Here are our favourite colourful fruit trees that have just landed on our website. Red Williams pears taste similar to the extremely popular ‘Williams Bon Chretien’,... Read More

Company News, Fruit Trees & Bushes, Garden Design, Small Gardens

New Patio Fruit Trees

We’re excited to announce we now offer a large range of patio fruit trees, so you can have fresh fruit right on your doorstep! Patios are often wonderfully sunny spots, making them the ideal place for growing a variety of fruit. Not only do these compact fruit trees provide a supply of fruit, they have pretty spring flowers that are best enjoyed up close on a patio. The top worked Garden Beauty nectarine and Garden Lady peach trees in our patio range both have gorgeous pink flowers and are worthy... Read More

Fruit Trees & Bushes

It’s cropping and cooking time!

  With end of July already upon us and August just around the corner, now is a great time to consider the large variety of fruit ready to be cropped. July is the opening month for cropping an assortment of fruit, including: apples, grapes and raspberries. However, in this blog, we’ll be focusing on a selection of recipes showcasing cherries, blackberries and blueberries.   Morello cherries   This variety of cherry is often known as a cooking cherry as they have a good, strong flavour and can often be a... Read More

Events, Fruit Trees & Bushes

Apple Day

In celebration of National Apple Day I’d like to shine the spotlight on our Dual Cordon Apple Trees. Dual Cordons are a fantastic way of growing your own Apples at home for you and your family to enjoy. Planting a Dual Cordon in your garden has many benefits. Firstly, they consist of two apple varieties on one tree so you reap the rewards of two different but equally delicious flavours; they are also ideal for planting in a small space or garden when there is only room for one tree... Read More

Fruit Trees & Bushes

Fruit Trees – The Maths

Whilst in the ‘Market Street’ of my local supermarket this week I paused to think about the cost of buying fruit. To the probable consternation of my fellow shoppers, a tortured expression fixed itself on my face while I did some mental arithmatic. This went as follows:- The approximate yield from an apple tree – I’m thinking in maturity on an MM106 rootstock, but let’s not worry about the fine detail- is, on average, 100lbs of apples. At current prices ( average 82p/lb) that volume would cost £82.00 to buy.... Read More

Around The Nursery Today, Fruit Trees & Bushes

Cherries are early this year

This year the cherry trees are producing their fruit early. Now the cherries are starting to ripen-up in the fields it’s staff like Gareth who get the pick of the crop! He’s got a rather tasty looking handful of Cherry Stella which I’m hoping he’ll share!! Cherry Stella was the first self fertile sweet cherry and is the top choice for garden use. Large, dark red fruits that are sweet and juicy are usually produced in late July but in this case much earlier in late June. A very popular... Read More

Fruit Trees & Bushes

Boozy Berries

It’s this time of year when I start getting handed carrier bags full ripe fruit in the office. Last year I made colossal vats of fruit jam, apple and sloe, apricot, blackcurrant etc. but this year I’m trying something a little different. We’ve all heard of slow gin and often my sister in law serves up a glass of blackberry whisky at Christmas but I’ve chosen to attempt something that I haven’t tried before, I’m making some blackcurrant rum. I’ve used 200g of blackcurrants, 40g sugar and just over half... Read More