Apricot 'Blenheim' fruit ripe on the tree (photo: Getty Images)

Five fruit plants for sun

Discover five fruit crops that will thrive in sun-baked spots.

If you’re lucky enough to have a spot in the garden that gets baked by the sun, it’s worth choosing fruits that will relish it.

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In return, you’ll be rewarded with bigger crops and better flavour. Fruit looks great in the garden, too, and is easy to incorporate into border designs.

Discover five fruit plants for sun, below.

Apricots love sun, so find a warm, sheltered spot to plant them in.

Strawberry ‘Gariguette’

‘Gariguette’ is an old French strawberry cultivar producing elongated fruits with an intense, super-sweet flavour. Can be grown in pots, hanging baskets, or for more substantial harvests, in a strawberry bed.

Strawberries ripe for picking
Strawberries ripe for picking

Apple ‘Ribston Pippin’ AGM

An old favourite, ‘Ribston Pippin’ is a dessert variety with an aromatic flavour. It’s not self-fertile, so will need another apple tree of a different variety planted nearby.

'Ribston Pippin' apples ready to pick
‘Ribston Pippin’ apples ready to pick

Fig ‘Brown Turkey’ AGM

‘Brown Turkey’ is the most reliable fig cultivar to grow in the UK and is self-fertile. Grow it in full sun or partial shade, in a warm, sheltered spot. Here’s how to plant a fig tree.

Figs ripening on a 'Brown Turkey' fig tree
Figs ripening on a ‘Brown Turkey’ fig tree

Damson ‘Farleigh Prolific’ AGM

Reliable and heavy cropping, the fruits of ‘Farleigh Prolific’ AGM are sweet enough to be eaten fresh from the tree. Damsons are hardier than plums and the fruits can be used to make pies, jams, wines and more.

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Damsons ripe for harvesting
Damsons ripe for harvesting

Apricot ‘Moorpark’ AGM

‘Moorpark’ AGM is a reliable, self-fertile apricot cultivar, and a standout fruit plant for sun. Apricots love sun, so find a warm, sheltered spot to plant them in. Fruits should be ready to pick in early August. Suitable for fan-training.

Apricot 'Blenheim' fruit ripe on the tree (photo: Getty Images)
Apricot ‘Blenheim’ fruit ripe on the tree (photo: Getty Images)