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A fruit tree or bush is worth its weight in gold in the garden, providing ornamental value all year round, an annual supply of delicious fruit, as well as food and shelter for wildlife. We caught up with Monty Don to discover his pick of edible fruit crops – including gooseberries, pears and even quince – which can be grown in even the smallest of gardens.
Plants grow up to 1.8m and bear sweet berries from July. Best suited to large, sheltered plots.
Grows well in shade and on heavy soil. It forms red berries that are ready to pick in late-July.
An early fruiting raspberry that crops from the beginning of July, this variety bears firm, luscious, dark-red berries in small clusters. It also has good tolerance to virus infections.
Strong growing, good flavoured and high yielding. The strings of currants usually ripen in mid-July and are a glossy red.
A cross between modern and wild strawberries, it has the advantage of fruiting from July to October, rather than just June and July. Berries are small, but tasty.
Differing from redcurrants only in colour, this very reliable white version has pleasantly sweet, clear juice. It makes a vigorous, upright bush, and is a heavy cropper.
A sour or acid cherry with dark juice. Use for cooking or for jam.
The decorative yellow fruits can be cooked to make jelly.
A reliable variety, and produces a high yield of white-fleshed, juicy, crimson-skinned fruit.
The best tasting dessert pear. Grow near 'Beth' or 'Concorde' to ensure pollination and cropping.
Heavy crops of the large pink and yellow fruit ripen in late August. This variety is self-fertile, so can be grown on its own.
This is the hardiest, most reliable and heaviest cropping fig in northern Europe.
This fruit has a unique, subtle fragrance that will perfume the garden before it's eaten. It can be made into jellies and, when combined with apples, used as a pie-filling. Quince trees will grow up to 3.7m tall.
24/11/2011 at 15:27
I would like to grow gooseberries but don't have the room to grow them in the ground. Do they grow well in pots and if so what is the best variety?
24/11/2011 at 15:27
hi monty i would really like a good self pollinating apple and a cherry as well as your plum victoria thankyou skip.
24/11/2011 at 15:28
Is Monty Don better and working again?