Prunus avium 'Sweetheart'
An excellent dark red dessert cherry to extend the season - picking until very late in September. Very heavy cropping. The fruits ripen over a very long period so if heavy rain spoils some of the crop, there will be plenty more to come. Excellent flavour.
Tree Form: Cordon.
This new variety is extremely heavy cropping and ripens very late in the season. The berries are large and firm and if left to ripen on the bush fully have a rich flavour and lovely aroma. Beautiful red autumn foliage.
Plant size: 2 litre pot.
Available for delivery: all year.
Rheum hybridum 'Thompson's Terrifically Tasty'
This aptly named variety goes back more than 80 years to the village of Great Oakley in Essex. It has been selected year on year and replanted by the Thompsons, who grow rhubarb commercially for sale into the London wholesale markets. It's great attribute is that it is the very first outdoor rhubarb on the market, as early as February, which means that it competes with the forced 'Golden Triangle' rhubarb but without all the bother of harvesting in the cellar with a candle on your head! In the first New Year flush the stems are shortish but thick and plentiful. The second crop in mid summer is an altogether larger stem of fine mid red colour. The flavour is delicious and when cooked with a handful of elderflowers makes a superb dessert.
Available for delivery: late November - mid April.
Rosa rugosa (Ramanas Rose)
A fast growing, prickly hedge bearing large fragrant magenta flowers in the summer and huge orange-red rose hips in the autumn. The hips can be used to make syrup, wine or jelly. Plant 30-60cm (1-2ft) apart. Ultimate height (untrimmed): 2.1m (7ft). Recommended hedge height: 1.2-2.1m (4-7ft). Average growth rate: 30-45cm (12-18in) per year.
Height on despatch: 45-60cm (18-24in).
rootgrow™ can offer huge benefits to almost all garden plants. It is the only product that will support your plants for their entire lifetime, making it probably the best value purchase you will make. Comprising of (UK origin) Mycorrhizal fungi, rootgrow™ is 100% natural and is the only planting aid to carry the RHS seal of approval.
For better establishment, naturally healthier plants, better drought resistance and stronger flowering and fruiting, rootgrow™ is all you need. Mycorrhizal fungi will colonise the plant and develop into a huge secondary root system that will increase the root area of your plants by up to 700 times in just a few weeks. This will help the plant find essential nutrients, minerals and moisture, enabling the plant to establish quicker and reducing the risk of failure.
One simple application at planting time is all that is required. Once you have used this amazing product you will wonder how you ever managed to grow your plants without it!
Almost all new plants will benefit from rootgrow™ but there are a few exceptions: blueberries, cranberries, lingonberries, rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers & brassicas. It should be noted that using rootgrow™ on these plants will not harm them - it just won’t work.
One 150g sachet will treat up to 25 bare root plants or 7 x 3 litre pots.
Pack size: 150g.
This collection consists of 2 popular dessert apples and 1 cooker:
Apple 'Fiesta' (syn. 'Red Pippin')
A crisp, juicy red flushed dessert apple with a rich, aromatic Cox-like flavour. A very popular garden variety, less prone to disease than Cox and suitable for the north. Heavy cropping. Stores very well. Season: Oct - Jan.
Apple 'Lord Lambourne'
A popular traditional English dessert apple, over 100 years old. Bursting with juice, the brightly coloured fruits are crisp, sweet and aromatic. Can be relied upon to crop both heavily and regularly almost anywhere in the UK. A compact tree, ideal for small gardens. Season: late Sept - Nov.
This dual purpose dessert/culinary apple is an excellent choice for the garden. When cooked the fruits retain some of their shape and are soft, juicy and sweet. In late winter it can be used as a dessert apple. Heavy cropping and very resistant to mildew. Season: Sept - Nov.
This collection consists of 3 popular apples:
Apple 'James Grieve'
A classic dessert apple, raised in Scotland in 1893. The attractive bright red flushed fruits have a crisp yet melting flesh with plenty of juice and excellent flavour. Picked early, the fruits can also be cooked and are delicious stewed. Good resistance to late frosts. Does very well in the north. Resistant to mildew. Season: Sept - Oct. Self-fertile.
Apple 'Charles Ross'
A very attractive dual purpose dessert/culinary apple raised in Berkshire in 1890. The large red-flushed fruits are crisp and juicy with a pleasant, sweet, lightly aromatic flavour. It retains some of its shape when cooked. Heavy cropping. Resistant to scab. Suitable for the north and wet regions. Season: late Sept - Dec.
This collection consists of 12 autumn fruiting raspberry canes, 6 each of the following:
Raspberry 'Autumn Bliss' (autumn)
The most popular autumn fruiting primocane raspberry. The large red berries are firm with a very good flavour. The canes are short and sturdy and may not require supporting in sheltered gardens. Good resistance to raspberry root rot disease.
Raspberry 'Polka' (autumn)
This excellent new autumn fruiting primocane raspberry is a multi-award winner at the National Fruit Show. The fruits are exceptionally large and have a superb aromatic flavour. Very heavy cropping, producing up to double the yield of Autumn Bliss (one of its parents). The virtually spine-free canes may not require supporting in sheltered gardens. Polka will commence cropping at least two weeks earlier than Autumn Bliss.
Grow your own delicious strawberries. Planted before the end of July, you will reap your first harvest this summer! This collection consists of 24 summer fruiting strawberry plants, 12 each of the following:
Strawberry 'Malling Centenary' (early)
Bred in the UK by East Malling Research, this new variety was chosen to mark the 100th anniversary of the research station in 2013 and is considered to be the British strawberry of the future! Bred for the supermarkets but with the aim of putting flavour back into the berry, it has a unique combination of outstanding taste, heavy yields and good shelf life. The fruits are very juicy and the eating quality is consistently good with high sugar levels and an excellent strawberry flavour. We think that Malling Centenary also has great potential as a garden variety - Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr. was certainly impressed with the flavour when he was filmed tasting the fruit for the BBC's Great British Food Revival and the variety was shortlisted for 'Plant of the Year' at the 2013 Chelsea Flower Show.
Strawberry 'Elegance' (mid)
This new summer fruiting strawberry produces very heavy crops of large, glossy fruits with a wonderful sweet strawberry taste and a juicy, pleasant texture. In trials it proved to be the heaviest cropping variety.
This collection consists of 2 blueberry bushes, 1 each of the following:
The most widely grown variety of blueberry producing large well flavoured berries. Reliable and heavy cropping. The bush is vigorous and has good resistance to drought. Beautiful autumn colour. Ripens from mid July.
A heritage variety that continues to be popular as it produces some of the largest, best flavoured blueberries. The bush is vigorous and heavy cropping. Ripens July/August.
This blueberry variety is living proof that bigger is better! With fruit the size of cherries and a sweet delicious flavour, Chandler holds the distinction of being the world's largest blueberry. Another feature is its long ripening season providing fruit over a period of 6 weeks. Ripens from mid July.
This blueberry is one of the heaviest and most reliable croppers, often yielding over 9kg (20lbs) per bush when mature. It ripens early, but blossoms late and is therefore protected from frost. The light blue berries are medium-large and firm and when picked stay fresher longer than most varieties. The foliage turns yellow-orange in the autumn. Ripens from early July.
This Mini Orchard Cordon apple and pear collection consists of 1 each of the following:
Cordon Apple 'Christmas Pippin'
We can confidently say this is the ‘new garden Cox’ but unlike this classic vintage variety, Christmas Pippin is very easy to grow and produces reliable, heavy crops countrywide. The eating quality is exceptional, characterised by a sweet and aromatic flavour, lovely perfume and a very pleasant honey after-taste. The fruits are crisp and juicy with a melt in the mouth texture that makes each bite increasingly more pleasurable. Christmas Pippin is a ‘foundling’ having been spotted by a fruit expert by the side of a busy road. A natural seedling of rare and special qualities, most likely arising from a discarded apple core ... perhaps from the very fine Cox’s Orange Pippin itself, with which we dare to compare this very special new introduction. Season: early Oct - Jan. Requires a pollinator (such as Herefordshire Russet).
Cordon Apple 'Herefordshire Russet'
An excellent new dessert apple combining the rich aromatic flavour of Cox with a golden russet skin. Consistently a favourite in taste trials. Heavy cropping. Can be grown successfully throughout the U.K.Season: Oct - Jan. Self-fertile.
Cordon Pear 'Concorde'
An excellent pear often grown commercially and suitable for most locations. Raised from a cross between Doyenné du Comice and Conference, it has inherited the best attributes from both its parents. The medium-large pale green fruits have a smooth, juicy flesh with a sweet pleasant flavour. Suitable for dessert and culinary use. Crops heavily and reliably from an early age.Season: Oct - Jan. Self-fertile.
Cordon Apple 'Fiesta'
A crisp, juicy red flushed dessert apple with a rich, aromatic Cox-like flavour. A very popular garden variety, less prone to disease than Cox and suitable for the north. Heavy cropping. Stores very well. Season: Oct -Jan. Partially self-fertile (pollinated by Red Windsor).
Cordon Apple 'Red Windsor'
An aromatic Cox-like apple which is sweeter, more disease resistant and ripens earlier than Cox. This is one of the easiest and most reliable of all apple varieties producing heavy crops of crisp, red flushed dessert apples. The tree is compact and an excellent choice for the garden. Suitable for the north.Season: Sept - Oct. Self-fertile.
Cordon Apple 'Falstaff'
A very heavy cropping dessert apple producing red striped fruits. Crisp and juicy with a refreshing fruity flavour. Easy to grow and ideal as a garden variety. Good resistance to late frosts. Season: Oct - Dec. Self-fertile.
Cordon Pear 'Conference'
Over 100 years old, this is the best known and most popular pear variety in the U.K., suitable for most locations. The long narrow fruits are firm and juicy with a sweet, pleasant flavour. Suitable for dessert and culinary use. Reliable and heavy cropping. Season: Oct - Nov.
This Mini Orchard Cordon apple collection consists of of 3 popular apples:
Cordon Apple 'Fiesta' (syn. 'Red Pippin')
Cordon Apple 'James Grieve'
Cordon Apple 'Charles Ross'
This Mini Orchard Cordon collection consists of 3 popular self-fertile varieties, suitable for growing countrywide, 1 each of the following:
A very heavy cropping dessert apple producing red striped fruits. Crisp and juicy with a refreshing fruity flavour. Easy to grow and ideal as a garden variety. Produces a compact tree. Good resistance to late frosts. Season: Oct - Dec. Self-fertile.
Cordon Plum 'Victoria'
The UK’s best known plum, raised in 1840 and grown commercially. The fruits are pinkish red with sweet, yellow, juicy flesh. A very popular dessert variety but also excellent cooked, producing a lovely pink syrup and almond aroma. Heavy cropping. Blossom is frost resistant. Season: late Aug. Self-fertile.
Cordon Apple 'Scrumptious'
This early bright red dessert apple is something very special. Named for its wonderful complexity of flavours, it has been described as sweet, rich and honeyed, aromatic, fragrant and fresh. An excellent garden variety, it is heavy cropping, has good disease resistance and the blossom is resistant to frost. Suitable for the north and wet areas. Season: Sept - Oct. Self-fertile.
Cordon Plum 'Czar'
So named, as the year it first fruited was 1874, the year Czar Alexander II visited Britain. Remains popular as it can produce very heavy crops and is always reliable. A medium sized dark purple plum with sweet yellow flesh. Excellent for dessert and culinary purposes. Suitable for most parts of the UK. Season: early Aug. Self-fertile.
Cordon Cherry 'Sunburst'
A heavy cropping dessert cherry producing large sweet fruits that are almost black when fully ripe. Delicious flavour. The fruits store well for a short period after picking. Season: late July. Self-fertile.