Herbs and Fruit

The Quirky Bird says:

Herbs are what got me into gardening as a child and I still love them 40 years later. There is nothing better than growing your own to use in the kitchen, for scenting the house or for one of the many other uses they have. Even drawing your hand through scented leaves as you walk past can make you feel better.

The herb garden we built in the nursery is one of my favourite places to work and be, surrounded by the scent of plants and the humming of insects, and of course David and I got married there in 2017.

Below is our current list of herbs and fruit in stock. With nearly 100 new additions across the whole plant list hopefully you will find something for your own garden. There are other pot sizes available for some of them and some plants are not listed as we have limited numbers. If you are looking for something not on the list, please get in touch.

Herbs

Achillea

Achillea ageratum
“English Mace” A hardy perennial with clumps of cream flowers which flower for weeks. Bright light-green, finely divided, aromatic, upright foliage appears early in the season. The leaves historically have been used to flavour soups, stews and salads. H 60cm, S 30cm.                     2L pot          £7.00


Agastache

Agastache foeniculum

“Anise Hyssop”. A classic plant for both herb gardens and borders, it has upright branches of mint-and-liquorice-scented leaves ending in fuzzy spikes of small lavender flowers. The flowers are edible and can be crumbled into salads. The flowers are highly attractive to bees and butterflies. Plant in sun and well-drained soil. H 90cm, S 45cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Allium

Allium cepa 'Purutile'

Everlasting Onion . A non-flowering Evergreen Perennial onion that produces profuse clumps of bulblets which are pulled off the sides as needed for cooking, Very Hardy & stands well through the winter & for many years after. H 30cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Allium schoenoprasum

“Chives” A staple of the kitchen, chives grow well in a pot at the back door or in the herb or vegetable garden. With long flowering purple drumhead flowers, they are worth growing for the flowers alone. In my last garden I used them as a short summer hedge along the edges of one vegetable bed.

H 30cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50              

Allium schoenoprasum, fine leaved

“Fine leaved Chives” A finer leaved form of the above if you like collecting variations of plants, again plant in sun and well-drained soil. Will grow well in clay soil. H 25cm, S 20cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Allium tuberosum

“Garlic chives” are a clump-forming herb grown for both culinary and ornamental purposes. With chive-like, grey-green leaves up to 12" long which can be used in cooking in the same way as chives. Tiny, star-shaped, white flowers appear in loose clusters in late summer. Plants will colonize, and a small planting can expand rather quickly. All parts of the plant have an oniony smell when cut or crushed. H50cm, S 40cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50


Angelica

Angelica archangelica

“Angelica” As well as being useful this plant is also worth growing for its architectural size and shape. Young shoots can be eaten in salads, and the stems peeled and crystallised as cake decoration. It also has various medicinal uses. Bees and other beneficial insects will be attracted by the nectar. Plant in sun and well-drained soil. H 2m, S 1m.                     9cm pot          £3.50


Artemisia

Artemisia abrotanum

“Southerwood, “Lad’s love”, “Aipple Ringie” that reviver of childhood memories in Granny’s garden with its slightly odd, pineapple scented leaves. It can be used sparingly in salads or cakes and in potpourri. Makes a rounded bush. H 90cm, S 90cm.                    2L pot          £7.50

Artemisia absinthium

An upright deciduous perennial, with finely divided, highly aromatic grey-green foliage and rather insignificant yellowish flowers in late summer.

H 1m, S 50cm.                    1L  pot          £5.50

Artemisia absinthium ‘Lambrook Mist’ AGM

A fast-growing plant with lacy, silvered foliage on upright stems that’s tolerant of winter wet and clipping. For full sun and free-draining soil, it’s effective with a multitude of other plants of similar ilk. Selected at Margery Fish’s garden at East Lambrook Manor, Somerset. Makes a great feature amongst other plants with its soft foliage. H 1m, S 60cm.                    2L pot          £7.50

Artemisia dracunculus

“Tarragon” Perennial grown for its aromatic, lance-shaped, green leaves, insignificant yellowish white flowers. Flowers July to August in full sun. Use it in cooking, particularly with white meat or in soups. H 1.2m, S 30cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Artemisia pontica

This lovely delicate-looking Artemisia forms a forest of stiff, upright stems covered with finely-cut silver scented foliage. It makes a lovely plant in mixed borders or in a white and silver themed planting. H 45cm, S 60cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’

A dwarf evergreen shrub with finely cut silver leaves. The dull yellow flowers in late summer are insignificant and can be removed if desired. A great plant for pots, front of the border or in amongst pink, blue and white flowers. H 60cm, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £7.50


Chamaemelum

Chamaemelum nobile 'Treneague'

Also called Roman Chamomile, this is a lovely plant when grown as an ornamental edging or groundcover for hot, dry sunny sites. This special non-flowering selection forms a low evergreen mat of ferny leaves with a pleasant fragrant. An excellent choice for a lawn substitute, plants can be mowed or clipped if desired. Evergreen in mild winter regions. Good deer resistance. I will be testing it in the new herb garden here in the nursery to see how it copes with our growing conditions. Height 15cm, S 45cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50


Chenopodium

Chenopodium bonus-henricus

"Good King Henry" Used as a vegetable for centuries it was once a common sight in every garden. This reliable kitchen garden staple has fallen by the wayside in recent years and is now a rarity today, but this unique herb still has much to offer as a perennial. The succulent young leaves and flowering stems can be either eaten in salads or cooked like spinach, amongst many other uses. H 75cm, S 60cm.                     9cm pot          £3.50

                  

Foeniculum

Foeniculum vulgare

An aromatic herb, green fennel makes a great, hearty clump of tall stems with fresh green, feathery foliage and flat-topped umbels of pale-yellow flowers in late summer. Use the seeds to lightly fragrance Basmati rice. H 180cm, S 45cm.                      9cm pot          £3.50

Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’

An outstanding plant with bronzy, aniseed-scented, feathery foliage and masses of small, muted-yellow umbellifer flowers in late summer that are loved by hoverflies. Continues to provide structure through winter in its skeletal form. Dry to free-draining soil and the whole plant is edible in case you are feeling peckish as you wander round the garden. H 180cm, S 45cm.                     9cm pot          £3.50


Galium

Galium odorata

“Sweet Woodruff”. This plant makes great ground cover in shade under trees and shrubs. Whorls of bright green leaves appear in spring and are topped with tiny, white scented, star-shaped flowers in April and May. Wildlife friendly and rabbit resistant. H 30cm, S 60cm.                   9cm pot          £3.50

Galium verum

"Yellow Bedstraw". An upright native perennial with narrow leaves and dense clusters of yellow flowers in June to August. Plant in full sun or partial shade. H 60cm, Sp 45cm.                     9cm pot          £3.50


Helichrysum

Helichrysum italicum

“Curry Plant” The narrow, silvery-grey leaves of this dwarf sub-shrub smell strongly of curry. The small, everlasting, bright yellow flowers appear in broad globular heads in summer. A plant of dry, rocky places in the Mediterranean regions so plant in a well-drained sunny position.

H 60cm, S 45cm.                  2L pot          £7.50

                    

Hyssopus

Hyssopus officinalis

"Hyssop" A semi woody plant from the mediteranean which prefers a warm sunny spot in the garden. Lovely vivid blue flowers appear in summer and are excellent for bees and insects. Hyssop grows to 60 cm and doesn't mind being trimmed, and is better for a hair cut every so often. Use the leaves sparingly in salads or in meat dishes and bean soups.                    1L pot          £5.50


Laurus

Laurus noblis

"Bay" A popular evergreen herb which makes a small tree and is ideal for pots and containers. It lends itself to being pruned and shaped and of course you can use the leaves in stews and soups. Not always reliably hardy in Scotland but will survive over winter in a frost-free building.                    2L pot          £9.95


Lavandula

Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ AGM

One of the most reliable Lavender for growing in Scotland with its mass of deep violet purple flowers in midsummer it’s hard to beat.

H 55cm.                   9cm pot          £3.50

Lavandula x intermedia ‘Pale Pretender’

Long spikes of pale-mauve flowers above comparatively broad, grey-green leaves. H 80cm, S 39cm.                   9cm pot          £3.50


Levisticum

Levisticum officinale

“Lovage” A tall growing herb that dies back in winter. Reaching over 5 feet it leaves have a celery type taste and it is useful in soups and stews. The seeds and roots have medicinal uses. Great for giving height and interest to the back of a border. H 2m, S 90cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50


Ligusticum

Ligusticum scoticum

A compact, clump-forming upright perennial with glossy green leaves and umbels of tiny white flowers from June to August. In early autumn golden seed heads form. It is a native plant in northern Europe and here in Scotland. H 60cm, S 60cm.                    9cm pot         £3.50


Melissa

Melissa officinalis

“Lemon Balm” is a bushy perennial with broadly ovate with scalloped edges. Spikes of creamy-white or pale purple flowers appear in summer over the very lemony scented foliage. The plant has been cultivated at least since the 16th century and is attractive to bees. H 60cm, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £7.00

Melissa officinalis 'All Gold'

“Golden Lemon Balm” is a yellow leaved cultivar with very pale almost cream young leaves fading to dark golden through summer. Spikes of creamy-white flowers appear in summer over lemon scented foliage. H 60cm, S 45cm.                        9cm pot          £3.50


Mentha

Mentha citrata

“Lemon Mint” A small mint with lemon scented leaves. Light green foliage and small flowers. Ideal for a pot near a seating area or at the back door.

H 30cm. S 45cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Mentha longifolia Silver leaved

The silvery-green downy leaves of this mint are very decorative in amongst the green leaves of other mints. It is more of an ornamental than culinary plant, but the leaves still have that distinctive menthol flavour. H45cm, S 60cm.                  9cm pot          £3.50

Mentha pulegium

A great wee plant for ground cover with its semi-evergreen, pale green leaves. If you want it to be as prostrate as possible, cut the flowers off. If left the flowers are pale lavender and appear over the summer months. The leaves are peppermint scented. Grow in sun and well-drained soil.

H 25cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot           £3.50

Mentha spicata

“Spearmint” The traditional garden mint and one of the best for cooking with. It has light purple flowers through summer over mid-green, lance-shaped leaves. Has a fantastic spearmint scent and should be contained as it will run, and run, and run. H 90cm, S 1.5m.                   9cm pot          £3.50

Mentha suaveolens

“Apple Mint” This is the one I use for cooking, it sits in a big bucket at the back door where I can easily snip off a few sprigs. It goes particularly well with strawberries and in homemade lemonade or a jug of water. With its woolly-green foliage and large spikes of dark pink flowers in summer it is also an attractive plant for the border (contained roots) or in a pot. H 90cm, S 1m.                   9cm pot          £3.50

Mentha suaveolens ‘Variegata’

“Variegated Apple Mint” or “Pineapple Mint” This attractive mint has a lax habit but will still take over the garden if not contained. The leaves have creamy-white margins. Small clusters of purple flowers appear in summer. H 40cm, S 90cm.                     9cm pot          £3.50

Mentha x gracilis ‘Variegata’

“Variegated Ginger Mint” This is a lovely shorter mint with golden flecked leaves and a lovely scent.  Be warned, it may short, but it will spread, so as with most mints, keep its roots contained. Small pale purple flowers appear in July, again a lovely mint to grow in a pot next to a garden bench or pathway.

H 40cm, S 90cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Mentha x piperita

“Peppermint” The pure black variety with strong scent and flavour. Contains antiseptic properties, excellent fresh or dried as a refreshing morning tea and for indigestion. It is a natural cross between spearmint and water mint. H 60cm, S 90cm.                     1L pot          £5.50

Mentha x piperata f citrata

“Eau de Cologne Mint” With its rounded green and bronze-purple foliage and purple flowers in late summer this mint is attractive in a pot or by a path or doorway. Keep it contained as with all mints, it will run! Its sweet exotic scent and dark foliage are a great addition in vases of flowers or to be enjoyed as you walk past in the garden. H 70cm, S 1m.                    9cm pot          £3.50


Meum

Meum athamanticum

Baldmoney / Spignel is a Scottish native wildflower and clump-forming perennial with finely cut light green leaves. White or purple-tinged white flowers in June to July. Plant in full sun. H 40cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50


Origanum

Origanum majorana

“Marjoram” is an aromatic which originated in Egypt and Arabia. Today, it is commonly found in the Mediterranean region or grown in gardens around the world. In its varied forms it has many uses. As a culinary additive, it is commonly used to flavor soups, sauces, salads, and meat dishes. Cosmetically in skin cream, body lotion, shaving gel, and bath soaps. H 45cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Origanum onites

“Pot marjoram” A lovely low-growing, semi evergreen herb which has a wonderful fragrance. Used in Italian cooking, oregano is the fragrant addition to Pizza which gives it that aromatic authentic taste. It thrives in dry, well-drained soil and is hardier in a sheltered position. With hairy stems and bright green pointed leaves it has white flowers in late summer which are very attractive to bees.

H 45cm, S 30cm.                  9cm pot          £3.50

Origanum ‘Rosenkuppel’ AGM  

Terrific dark-pink flowers with purple-red bracts from summer well into autumn on an upright plant. Profuse in flower and adored by bees, hoverflies and all manner of Lepidoptera. For full sun and free-draining soil. H 30cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot          £5.50

Origano vulgare

“Oregano” This small white- or purple-flowered perennial has mid green, small ovate leaves. It is a widely used herb in Greek and Italian cuisine and is often used in tomato dishes, salads and with grilled meats, it is one of the main flavouring ingredients of Italian food.

H 30cm, S 30cm.                   9cm pot          £3.50

Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum

“Golden oregano” A robust creeper with tiny, rounded leaves. Small, pink or lavender to purple flowers stand out above the foliage in early to late summer.

H 45cm, S 45cm.                   9cm pot          £3.50

Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum Crispum’

This crinkle-leaved marjoram has great golden foliage colour, topped with mid pink flowers in summer it adds a bright spot to a border, pot or herb garden Because of its size these plants are also great on windowsills and in pots where you can snip off leaves to use in stews, casseroles and soup.

H 20cm, S 25cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Origano vulgare 'Country Cream'

Bushy perennial oregano with attractive cream and green leaves and pale pink flowers in summer. Sprigs of leaves can be used for garnishing or finely chopped in salads and sauces. Good fresh or dried in Italian dishes. H 30cm, S 45cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50


Rosmarinus

Rosmarinus officinalis

"Rosemary" A woody perennial herb covered in needle like aromatic leaves and lovely blue flowers n summer. Ideal for a sunny area where it can bask in the sunshine. Leaves are great in stews, savoury dishes or in Rosemary loaf which is a favourite of mine. H 100cm, S 100cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50


Ruta

Ruta graveolens

“Common Rue” A great foliage plant with its deeply divided aromatic foliage. Bright yellow flowers appear in upright clusters through summer. Evergreen in sheltered areas or semi-evergreen if exposed to cold winds. Plant in sun and well-drained soil. CAUTION: some people have a severe skin reaction to this plant so always use gloves when handling. H 1m, S 50cm.                  9cm pot          £3.50


Salvia

Salvia officinalis

“Sage” This pungent leaved staple of the herb garden likes a sunny well drained spot in the garden or in a pot. It has a slightly stronger flavour than some of the broader leaved species. The flowers are good to eat fresh or dried for a sweeter herb tea that helps to keep away winter coughs and colds.

H 60cm, S 60cm.                   1L pot          £5.50

Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurascens’ AGM

“Purple Sage” An excellent plant with matt purple leaves that come to life when touched by early morning dew. Spikes of pale-blue flowers enliven the foliage in mid to late summer. Trim back in early spring to encourage new basal growth. For full sun and dry, well-drained soil. Very effective with Miscanthus.

H 60cm, S 90cm.                    1L pot          £5.50


Santolina

Santolina chamaecyparissus

A compact rounded shrub with woolly young shoots and (when crushed) aromatic, grey-white, foliage. In mid to late summer small, yellow button-like flowers hover above on wiry stems. Perfect for a sheltered, sunny, well-drained border or gravel garden. H 50cm, S 1m.                    1L pot          £5.50

Santolina rosmarinifolia

A Santolina that forms a compact, regular cushion which, over the years with careful pruning, can look like a bonsai with a thick, knotty trunk. The foliage is aromatic and glaucous green. Creamy yellow flowers 1 cm in diameter appear in June-July. Plant in sun in a dry rockery, troughs, or in a gravel garden.

H 30 cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50


Satura

Satura montana

“Winter Savoury” a white flowered perennial herb with strong flavoured leaves and can be used fresh or dried. Let it flower for the small, attractive white blooms that appear through summer. H 30cm, S 20cm.                   9cm pot          £3.50


Tanacetum

Tanacetum balsamita ssp balsamita

“Costmary” or “Alecost” Mint-balsam scented leaves and yellow-white daisy flowers all summer. Use the leaves for flavouring salads and adding spice to ale.

H 90cn, S 45cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Tanacetum parthenium

"Feverfew" A pretty plant with strongly smelling foliage which has a huge range of uses from relieving pain and migraines to easing sleeplessness and hay fever. The white daisy flowers appear from July. Plant in sun and well-drained soil. Cut back finished flowers to get another flush later in the summer.

H 60cm, S 45cm.                      2L pot          £6.50


Thymus

Thymus 'Bressingham'

A creeping that forms a low evergreen carpet of grey-green leaves, studded with dusty-pink flowers in early summer. It does best in hot, sunny sites with good drainage. It can be used in between stepping stones and will tolerate light traffic. Flowers are attractive to butterflies.

H 5cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Thymus citriodorus

“Lemon Thyme” Similar in growth habit to Thymus vulgaris but the foliage has a pleasant lemon scent. Lavender-pink flowers appear in summer. Great for using in cooking where you need some lemon flavouring.

H 20cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Thymus herba barona

“Caraway Thyme” This thyme has wiry stems of tiny dark green leaves heavily scented of caraway seed. The stems form a mat of foliage topped with pink and mauve flowers in summer. Plant in full sun and well-drained soil. H 10cm, S 20cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Thymus pulegoides

“Broad Leaved Thyme” Large leaves for a thyme as suggested by the name topped with pink flowers through summer. Semi-prostrate and very scented. Plant in sun and well-drained soil. Suitable for using in cooking. H 20cm, S 25cm.                     9cm pot          £3.50

Thymus pulegioides 'Goldentime'

Similar to the species but shorter in growth habit and with bright golden leaves. Grow in sun and well-drained soil. With its tiny leaves and froth of pink flowers in summer, it is also ideal for pots on the patio or herb planters. Trim back after flowering to keep the plant compact and it will produce new shoots for cooking. Ideal in savoury dishes. H 25cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Thymus serpyllum ‘Albus’

A mat forming, very flat thyme with lighter green, rounded leaves and white flowers. A pretty addition to path edging or for growing between paving slabs.

H 7cm, S 45cm.                   9cm pot          £3.50

Thymus vulgaris

"Common Thyme" An ancient herb that loves sun and well-drained soil. With its tiny leaves and froth of pink flowers in summer, it is also ideal for pots on the patio or herb planters. Trim back after flowering to keep the plant compact and it will produce new shoots for cooking. Ideal in savoury dishes.

H 30cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50




Fruit


Rootstock - Fruit trees are grown on a range of root stocks to control the rate of growth.

Apples MM106 = Semi- vigorous, height to 3.5m. General purpose for most types of cordon and half standard. Staking only required on sites which are exposed.  

M25= Very vigorous – height to 4m. Ideal for half and full standard

Damsons & Plums St Julien A = Semi- vigorous, height to 3.5m.

Pears & Quince Quince A = Semi dwarf, the ideal rootstock for bush trees


Flowering/Pollination Group

All fruits are divided into 5 flowering periods from early (group 1) to late (group 5). This drives pollination. Each period overlaps with the one before and the one after. For example, a variety in flowering/pollination group 3 will cross pollinate with groups 2, 3 and 4. Crab Apples are excellent pollinators for any of the Apple trees.

Pruning

By cutting a Maiden tree to a measured point above the ground level, several training techniques can be employed. These include Fan trained, Espalier, Cordon and Stepover. To form a simple Bush or Half Standard, prune off all lower branches (feathers) and leave the main leader of the tree undisturbed to ‘run on’. When the tree has reached approx. 2m, a further cleaning up of the stem to 1.5m can take place. The tree will form a natural head over time – Alternatively, simply plant in the ground and enjoy the fruits of your labour!


Malus

The fruit trees we sell are on semi-vigorous rootstock MM106, which will grow into a ‘proper’ apple tree, initially slower to come into fruit but then cropping well for many years to come. These should be planted 5m apart and will attain a height of 4-5m. To set fruit, trees need to cross pollinate, so it’s necessary to have two different varieties for a decent crop. Simply pick two trees from those listed below with the same or adjacent prefix. The prefix (T) means that the variety is a Tetraploid and is not a good pollinator itself for other varieties, but will produce a better crop if pollinated by any other two non-(T) varieties. Phew!


Apple

Malus domestica ‘Christmas Pippin’

This delicious eating variety was recently introduced by one of Britain’s foremost tree nurseries.  It is similar to a Cox but easy to grow and flowers heavily to give a beautiful display in spring and an abundance of apples in early October.  MM106, Group 3.                    12L pot          £39.95

Malus domestica ‘Court Pendu Plat’

One of the oldest recorded varieties of apple, highly disease resistant, its French name converted to ‘Corpandy’ by Scots gardeners in the 1800s. Flattish, green-yellow fruits flushed with orange-red are ready for picking from late October and storing into March. They have a fruity, strong, pineapple-like acidity, mellowing to become sweet by February. MM106, Group 5. (France, 1613).                    12L pot          £39.95

Malus domestica ‘D’Arcy Spice’

... and for Jane Austen fans and teenyboppers alike, a bright-green eating apple, becoming gold with a red flush and a hot, spicy nutmeg flavour.  Enjoys the sea air and best in the East! Picking late October and store into April. MM106, Group 3. (England – Essex 1800s).                       12L pot          £39.95

Malus domestica ‘Egremont Russet’ AGM

A well-known eating apple that’s a bit like Marmite – you either like them or you don’t. Flattish olive-green fruit flushed orange bronze when ripe with a sweet and firm, creamy flesh and a nutty flavour. Pick from early October and store into December. Better in the east. MM106, Group 2.  (England 1872).12L pot         £39.95

Malus domestica ‘James Grieve’ AGM

A reliable and well known Scottish variety for picking and eating in early to late October here and suitable for the drier east coast climate. Small to medium conical, greenish yellow fruits flushed and striped red and meltingly tender, juicy fruits that are superb eaten

straight from the tree.                     12L pot          £39.95

Malus domestica ‘Katja’ syn. ‘Katy’

An early eating variety with a lot going for it. Flowers abundantly making it a good pollinator, has high yields and good disease resistance.  The fruit are bright red, sweet, juicy and with a hint of strawberry. Highly suited to growing in Scotland, it will ripen well even in a poor summer.  Good for juicing and makes a palatable cider. MM106, Group 3.  (Sweden 1947).                     12L pot          £39.95

Malus domestica ‘Rajka’

A variety developed for disease resistance, making it ideal for organic growers.  Ready for picking in early October, the fruit are quite small but with a nice, even shape.  A reliably heavy cropper.  MM106, Group 3. Czech Republic 1983).                     12L pot          £39.95

Malus domestica ‘Red Pixie’

An underrated, red sport of ‘Pixie’ with good crops of small, red fruit, ideal for children. The fruit are finely flavoured, sweet and sharp, with a lovely aroma. Picking from October and store through to March. MM106, Group 4. (England).                     12L pot          £39.95

Malus domestica ‘Scotch Bridget’

A multi-purpose variety with conical, ribbed fruit and rich, creamy flesh that picks from October and stores into December.  MM106,

Group 3.  (Scotland 1851).                    12L pot          £39.95

Malus domestica ‘Scotch Dumpling’

A large, red and green cooking apple with very attractive, pink flowers in spring that cooks to a well-flavoured, frothy purée. Picking from August and storing into November. M25, Group 1. (Scotland - Clydesdale? 1949).                     12L pot          £39.95


Crab Apples

As well as being highly decorative with an extremely long season of interest (flower, foliage & fruit) these are ideal pollinators for Apple trees – plant one to ensure you have good and reliable crops in your orchard. Well known for making Apple Jelly, they contain high levels of both vitamin C and pectin.

Malus ‘Evereste’ AGM

A conical tree with dark green, lobed leaves and large, soft pink to white flowers in spring with small red and yellow fruits that hold well into winter and an excellent pollinator for apples.  H 3m.                    12L pot          £39.95

Malus ‘Golden Gem’

Clouds of fragrant, pure white flowers are followed by large bunches of persistent, dainty little yellow fruits. Another brilliant pollinator but a little more compact. H 4m.                    12L pot          £39.95

Malus ‘Red Sentinel’

This is a medium-sized crab apple with single white flowers 3cm in width, followed by clusters of cherry-like, glossy, deep red fruits 2.5cm wide which persist well into winter. H 7m.                   12L pot          £48.00


Blackberry

Blackberry ‘Merton Thornless’

A mid season thornless variety producing medium to large sized fruits of excellent flavour. With its compact growth, this variety is suitable for small gardens and the thorn free canes make maintenance easy.  Ideally plant in full sun or partial shade although Merton will tolerate shade.                    2L pot          £12.50


Blueberry

Blueberry 'Patriot'

My favourite fruit and a great all year interest plant with lovely coloured spring foliage, white bell-shaped flowers in spring, berries in late summer and fantastic autumn colour. Worthy of a space in the garden, plant a few, the fruits never make it to the kitchen in my garden as they make a welcome snack as I pass by. Blueberries need well-drained, moisture-retentive, acidic soil (pH 4.5-5.5) in sun or part shade. H 1.8m.                    2L pot          £9.95


Fig

Ficus ‘Brown Turkey’

Deciduous and worth growing for the large leaves even if you don’t get any fruit. I grow mine in a large terracotta pot which goes in the unheated greenhouse for winter due to our hillside aspect.  The flowers are insignificant, but if planted on a sunny warm wall or grown in a greenhouse you will hopefully get lovely fresh figs. H 3m.                     7.5L pot          £15.00


Gooseberry

Gooseberry 'Careless'

One of the most commonly known and grown varieties in this country, producing high yields of crisp tasting, yellow coloured fruit which is fully ripe by mid July. H. 1m.                    2L pot          £9.95


Quince

Cydonia oblonga ‘Serbian Gold’

A highly productive and hardy self-fertile variety with rounded fruits used for a variety of culinary purposes including Quince Liqueur! Personally, I prefer Quince jelly with a morsel of cheese. Pick from early October and store into December. (Serbia) Quince A, Half Standard trees.                 35L pot          £50.00


Redcurrant

Ribes rubrum ‘Jonkheer van Tets’ AGM

An early variety, cropping heavily at the beginning of July.  Well known for its juicy, red, jewel-like fruit and intense flavour. Fantastic with your haunch of venison. (Netherlands 1931) H 2m.                   2L pot           £9.95

Ribes rubrum 'Red Lake'

This is an excellent cariety which bears an abundance of large, well flavoured berries on long trusses between July and August. Plant is sun or partial shade.H 2m.                     2L pot          £9.95


Rhubarb

Rhubarb ‘Victoria’

A popular old variety with late, cardinal red stalks with flecking at the top. The red flesh is tinged green in very thick stalks.

H 75cm.                    1L pot          £5.50


Strawberry

Fragaria vesca

“Wild or alpine Strawberry” Often seen growing under hedgerows or in woodland, these native plants produce tiny, tart strawberries that are full of flavour. The smaller leaves also provide good ground cover. Runners are easily removed if they become too many. It makes an ideal candidate for a pot or trough or under hedging. H 10cm, S 1m.                     1L pot          £5.50

Strawberry ‘Cambridge Favourite’

This is one of the best known and well-loved varieties of Strawberry and I’ve grown it for the past 20 odd years and never had a problem with it.  Producing an abundance of excellent tasting fruit, it will keep you in jam, fresh fruit and ice cream for weeks providing you can keep the kids away from them!  

H 20cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50


Whitecurrent

Whitecurrent 'White Versailles'

One of the few varieties of white currant available. The fruit is large, light yellow and sweet, ready for harvesting early July. It makes a strong, vigorous, upright bush, cropping heavily. H 1.5m.                    2L pot          £9.95