Fruit trees are perfect for now: apples and pears, cherries and plums. When planting apple and pears, it’s not just for producing fruit; the wistful white flowers of an apple tree are one of my favourite things and this spectacular blossom is not to be underestimated.
You can buy them as dwarf bush plants, with a trunk of 75cm or as half standards, where the trunks grow to about a metre and a half, as well as standards which grow even taller. It’s always best to check with a reputable local garden centre for advice before planting so you can ensure you get the best crop for your plot.
Another consideration is whether your fruit tree will self-pollinate or if you need other fruit trees in and around the neighbourhood for pollination.
Just like with flowers, pollen is carried from one fruiting tree to another through pollinators or in the wind, but self-fertile varieties are also available to guarantee success. There are self-fertile ‘Cox’ and ‘Laxton’s Superb’ varieties of apple trees and look out for the ‘Conference’ pear tree variety as well.