Fruit Trees & Bushes
Pears are sold on a Quince A rootstock which allows the tree to grow to a height of 10-14ft. Choose “Conference” for a self-fertile tree requiring no pollinating partner or choose a Family Pear Tree with 3 varieties on the same tree.
We recommend “Stella Compact” as an east to grow dessert cherry with a lovely sweet flavour although, like our fruit trees, we can supply other varieties in the winter if ordered earlier in the year. Stella is to a great extent self-fertile. Supplied on a COLT rootstock which means this compact form should grow no more than 12ft tall but it can be restricted with pruning to nearly half that height.
Plum Trees & Gages
These are our favourite fruits to pick fresh from the tree and most of us locals here can remember the days when surrounding orchards and hedgerows were laden with greengages and plums. Explore the different varieties and you won’t be disappointed (you may have to order a few months ahead though). You’re most likely to find “Victoria” in stock in the garden centre on a St Julien A rootstock (grows to 12-15ft tall) and a Pixie rootstock (grows to 8ft tall).
Fan & Espalier Trained Trees
If you have a sunny south or west facing wall, a fan or espalier trained tree will make a very productive feature whilst taking up very little garden space. We only stock these trees in limited quantities and highly recommend ordering in advance before new winter stocks arrive. Apples and pears are supplied in espalier form. Cherries, plums, peaches and nectarines are supplied fan trained.
Our strawberry plants are available in the spring in small pots/packs. We normally offer a selection of early, mid-season, late season and perpetual cropping varieties to give as a long a harvest season as possible.
Raspberries are normally sold as bare-root “canes” in bundles that have been potted to keep them fresh. For this reason, they are normally only available late autumn to early spring and the canes should be split up and planted out individually when you get them home. We normally offer a chouse of varieties including “autumn fruiting” raspberries.