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Courgettes are tender, spreading plants with large, mottled green leaves and long, slim fruit which are usually harvested when they are about 10cm (4in) long. 'Defender' is a heavy cropping courgette with an open habit for easier picking. It also shows a good degree of resistance to cucumber mosaic virus. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Plant type: Vegetable
Flower colour: Yellow
Foliage colour: Dark green
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline
Hardiness: Half hardy
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: April to May
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