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Bred by the Scottish Crop Research Institute, Ben Connan is a very popular early fruiting variety. Exceptionally large and glossy black currants that have superb rich flavour. Neat compact grower bearing fruit on medium length sprigs making them easy to pick. Heavy cropper – usually out yields all other varieties in trials, branches are often weighted down with fruit, but return to upright position after harvest. Resistant to mildew, leaf spot and highly resistant to leaf-curling midge. Very frost tolerant, so ideal for growing in colder climes! Perfect variety where space is at a premium
Bred by the Scottish Crop Research Institute, Ben Lomond is an upright strong grower with a compact habit which makes it ideal for growing in small gardens or containers. A reliable cropper of very large fruit of high quality that have an excellent sweet flavour and are full of antioxidants, Vitamin C and minerals. The fruit is produced in heavy clusters on short strigs allowing for easy picking. The currants freeze well and are ideal for all purposes. Frost resistant due to late flowering. Highly recommended variety.
Bred by the Scottish Crop Research Institute, Ben Tirran is a late flowering variety that is vigorous and has a compact growth habit. It produces consistently heavy crops of very late ripening currants – excellent for extending the season, it also ensures that this variety has good resistance to frost. The attractive glossy fruit has a rich tart flavour and is probably best used in preserves and pies although it can be eaten fresh when newly picked – it also freezes well.
A superb late season variety. Upright sturdy bush with vigorous habit. The fruit is large, light blue and firm with a crisp texture. The flavour strikes a balance of being sweet yet very slightly tart. The berries store exceptionally well – maintaining their flavour and texture. Easy to grow in all climates. Eventual height and spread: 1.8m (6ft). Cropping season: late August. Self fertile, but cross pollination will encourage a greater yield.
A real garden novelty, this unique variety is the result of many years of research and development by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Pink Lemonade brings blueberries to a whole new level – providing year round colour and interest in the garden. The blush white, bell-shaped flowers provide plenty of spring interest, these are then followed by pale green fruits in the summer which become dappled with pale pink and finally ripen to a deep glossy pink colour. In autumn the leaves turn bright orange, fading to deep red, before falling to reveal an attractive framework of dusky red-brown branches in winter. The fruit is deliciously sweet and has a lovely firm texture. Self fertile, but cross pollination will encourage a greater yield.
An excellent very hardy and vigorous mid-season variety. Specifically bred in Finland for hardiness and disease resistance, Hinnonmaki Green is a consistently prolific cropper of very large, well flavoured fruit. The fruit is olive green in colour and has an excellent sweet, aromatic taste – ideal for eating fresh off the bush when fully ripe. Particularly resistant to powdery mildew. Eventual height and spread: 1m (3ft). Cropping season: mid July. Self fertile.
An excellent very hardy, yellow fruiting mid-season variety. Hinnonmaki Yellow has a spreading growth habit and may require support in maturity. It is a heavy cropper of medium sized, greenish-yellow berries with a unique aromatic flavour (and a hint of apricot according to experts!) Specifically bred in Finland for hardiness and disease resistance, it is particularly resistant to powdery mildew. The fruit is sweet enough to be eaten straight from the bush and is delicious in desserts and preserves. Eventual height: 1.2m (4ft). Eventual spread: 1½m (5ft). Cropping season: mid July. Self fertile.
Very popular variety, vigorous and heavy cropping – producing almost double the yield than that of other varieties. Large pale green berries, smooth skinned with an extremely sweet flavour. Essentially a culinary variety but can also be eaten fresh. The fruit is superb for cooking with as its stays firm, it also freezes well, maintaining shape and colour. Invicta is resistant to mildew and leaf spot. Eventual height: 1½m (5ft). Eventual spread: 1m (3ft). Cropping season: late July/August. Self fertile
A thornless hybrid cross of a blackcurrant and gooseberry. Combines the large fruit from a gooseberry and unique taste and vitamin content of a blackcurrant – very nutritious! Very vigorous, upright bush producing reliable heavy crops of large shiny black berries – double the size of normal blackcurrants. Flavour is good and berries are rich in Vitamin C – excellent for preserves. Very resistant to mildew but will require protection against frost. Resistant to big bud and foliar diseases. Eventual height and spread: 1½m (5ft). Cropping season: July. Self fertile.
A thornless raspberry/blackberry hybrid. Very high yields of enormous, long, cone-shaped berries ripening from mid July. Loganberries have an excellent aromatic flavour, they are juicier but sharper than raspberries. The fruit is ideal for all purposes and is best cropped when they turn deep red in colour. Bushy vigorous growth and the branches need permanent support so is ideal for training against a wall or fence.
One of the earliest rhubarb varieties that can be ready to harvest as early as February. Succulent red-based pink stems with a delicious sweet flavour. An excellent variety for outdoor production and forcing in winter. Once established, Timperley Early will produce masses of delicate slender stems that are tender. An easy to grow variety – performs very well outside but will also excel when forced. Eventual height: 60cm (24in). Eventual spread: 1m (3ft). Self fertile
Rarely available in shops, but easy to grow, pink currants are highly desirable for decorating desserts or making summer puddings, jams & jellies. Gloire de Sablon is a very old French variety producing beautiful pink currants that are soft, translucent, have a delighful fragrance and are bursting with a sweet juicy flavour. These robust plants have good disease & pest resistance and produce heavy crops – ideal if you want a plant that requires little care.
This popular early variety is the first whitecurrant to crop in the season. A heavy cropping variety producing masses of large, shiny, soft pale yellow/white berries in long heavy trusses during mid-late summer. The fruit is deliciously sweet, not as acidic as redcurrant, so is great for eating fresh or using in a wide range of culinary purposes. White Versailles has a vigorous, upright bushy growth habit with attractive arching canes and serrated three lobed pale green leaves. A very reliable cropper year after year. Eventual height and spread: 1.5m (5ft). Self fertile
A vigorous blackberry/raspberry hybrid. High yields of juicy, sweet, aromatic berries that can be twice the weight of a large raspberry. Consistently higher yielding than Loganberry, the long conical fruit is best picked when deep purple-red in colour. Excellent for jam making and puddings but can also be eaten fresh. The fruit freezes well too. The stout prickly stems require permanent support so train against a wall or fence.
Ornamental variety with attractive and distinct parsley shaped leaves. Produces white flowers flushed with pink, followed by a good crop of medium sized juicy fruit that has a mild flavour. Thornless stems that are ideal for training over an arch or trellis. Relatively slow growing, so perfect for small gardens.
Long established mid season variety. High yields of exceptionally large glossy fruit that hangs in heavy clusters. The currants are rich in Vitamin C and hang well without splitting. The fruit freezes well and is ideal for pies and jams
Bred by the Scottish Crop Research Institute, Ben Sarek is an excellent early variety with a neat, compact growth habit making it ideal for growing in smaller gardens. Both vigorous and high yielding, producing heavy crops of very large glossy black currants that have a superb mouthwatering flavour and are of excellent quality. The fruit is produced on short strigs for easy picking, but can be harvested equally easily by simply shaking the laden branches. Due to its tendency to produce such large crops, the branches may need supported just prior to picking time. The fruit is ideal for all purposes and freezes well. Due to its compact growth, Sarek can be planted very close together so is perfect for creating a low growing hedge. In-bred frost resistance and also resistant to powdery mildew. Very highly recommended variety, considered by some to be the best garden variety in cultivation.
This superb mid season variety is without doubt the leading commercial blueberry to date. Vigorous upright growth reaching 4-6ft at maturity but can be kept compact by growing in a container. The high quality fruit has a good rich flavour and is borne in medium-large open clusters for easy picking. The firm berries are light blue in colour and are ideal for all purposes. Stunning bronze foliage in the autumn followed by attractive red stems in winter. Frost tolerant.Self fertile, but cross pollination will encourage a greater yield.
A vigorous erect variety, late season, ripening mid-late August. Produces good crops of very large berries that are firm and light-blue in colour. The fruit is one of the largest produced by any blueberry cultivar. Excellent tart flavour. Darrow is a consistent high yielder when pollinated with other varieties & is fully hardy. The long bell-shaped spring flowers are white with a tint of pink & are produced in large clusters - three quarters of which will produce fruit. Leaves turn stunning shades of orange in autumn
Heavy cropping variety with a vigorous upright habit. Huge crops of large firm fruits with an aromatic flavour. The delicious berries are high in vitamins and ideal for freezing as they maintain their flavour. Superb display of pinky white, bell-shaped flowers in spring and outstanding autumn colour add to its appeal. This robust and reliable variety is also ideal for container growing.Self fertile, but cross pollination will encourage a greater yield.
Mid-late season variety with a tall, erect growth habit. A favourite with home gardeners with its high yield of sweet, small-medium sized fruit. Jersey is one of the most dependable varieties available producing consistently high yields of fruit. The fruit hangs in loose clusters for easy picking. The glossy green leaves turn bright yellow in autumn. An old-time favourite variety, late ripening, ideal for extending the season.Self fertile, but cross pollination will encourage a greater yield.
A superb variety – very hardy and vigorous mid-season red gooseberry. Hinnonmaki Red reliably produces heavy crops of large, sweet, red berries of excellent quality. It was specifically bred in Finland for hardiness and disease resistance and is particularly resistant to mildew making it ideal for organic growing. It is also a strong but slow growing variety so is ideal for small gardens. An excellent variety for dessert or culinary purposes.
Originating in Japan but also native to Korea and China, the Japanese Wineberry is a very handsome plant that has something to offer at most seasons throughout the year. The bright orange berries turn to crimson when fully ripe and have an unusual aromatic sweet-yet-tart taste. Ideal for eating fresh from the bush and also using in jams, jellies and desserts. The berries are encased by a calyx (protective shield) as they ripen and the stems of the wineberry are covered in a thick layer of golden bristles – these are not particularly sharp, but seem to be enough of a deterrent to birds. Can be used to good effect as an ornamental climber and the canes are an attractive red colour in winter, providing further interest following flowering and fruiting. Eventual height: 3m (9.8ft). Eventual spread: 2m (6.5ft). Cropping season: August. Self fertile.
Superb all-round variety. The red stalks are long & tender and are reputed to have the lowest content of oxalic acid of all rhubarb. Early maturing, establishes quickly. Can be harvested lightly in the first year by snapping or cutting the outer stalks, that will allow it to clump up for the following season. Excellent for forcing and very easy to grow. Hardy & disease resistant. Eventual height: 60cm (24in). Eventual spread: 1.2m (4ft). Self fertile.
Long established, popular main-crop variety producing an abundant yield of large thick red stalks. The stalks are not tough or stringy but are juicy and sweet with a tart punch! Excellent for pies & preserves. Very hardy variety and one of the easiest to grow. Can be cropped lightly in the first year then regularly from the second. A good low maintenance crop, well worth the effort! Will do best in a position of full sun. Eventual height and spread: 1m (3ft). Self fertile.
An early fruiting spine free variety with superb fruit quality. The fruits are large, firm, long and conical. They have a bright and attractive appearance and the juicy berries have a truly excellent flavour. Cropping potential is very high with the strong canes, vigour is moderate in comparison with other blackberries so if space is limited it is an excellent choice. Ideal for planting against a wall or a fence or growing in a container. The fruit is well displayed to make picking easy from the short, stout, fruiting laterals.
Mid season thornless variety. Generous cropper of medium to large sized fruit with excellent flavour. A vigorous but exceptionally manageable variety due to the thornfree branches making maintenance simple. For best results, plant in half shade or full sun although Merton will tolerate shade and soil with less than efficient drainage. Hardy but can be vulnerable to hard frosts on very exposed sites.
This mid season cropping variety. Vigorous upright growth reaching 4-6ft at maturity but can be kept compact by growing in a container. The high quality fruit has a good rich flavour and is borne in medium-large open clusters for easy picking. The firm berries are light blue in colour and are ideal for all purposes. Stunning bronze foliage in the autumn followed by attractive red stems in winter. Frost tolerant.Self fertile, but cross pollination will encourage a greater yield.
This mid-late season variety holds the distinction of being the worlds largest blueberry. The enormous firm berries ripen over a prolonged period – providing an extended harvest for up to six weeks, and have an excellent flavour. Fiery crimson autumn foliage.Self fertile, but cross pollination will encourage a greater yield.
Very good variety, heavy cropper producing medium sized fruit that has a velvety texture, firm flesh and excellent flavour. This fully hardy variety will tolerate heavy wet soils and cold weather. Foliage turns a fiery orange in Autumn.Self fertile, but cross pollination will encourage a greater yield.