This deciduous, spreading shrub is highly ornamental, with large, glossy, palmate leaves. It is best grown against a south or south-west facing wall, where, in long, hot summers it will produce an abundant crop of brown, pear-shaped fruit with red flesh. These figs are rich and sweet and available for picking from August to September. An interesting and easy plant to grow, and one of the oldest fruits in cultivation.
- Mature Height: 2.5-4 metres
- Mature Spread: 2.5-4 metres
Why We Love It
- Easy to grow
- Large pear-shaped fruit with reddish-brown skin and sweet red flesh with a nutty taste.
- Fruiting Period: August-September
- Position: Full sun
- Soil: will tolerate most soils, except very badly drained
How to Care For Fig Trees
Plant in a 40cm (15in) pot in the ground or in a lined pit to restrict root-growth as unrestricted root growth leads to poor fruiting. Prune in spring when all chance of frost has past. Remove any frost-damaged or weak branches, and thin out shoots to let light in. Some pruning may be required in summer - trim all new shoots back to five or six leaves.
Figs are capable of producing three crops of fruit every year, but in our climate it is the tiny little ones that you find tucked into the leaf axils in autumn, that if protected from frosts, will go on to ripen in their second summer. Therefore if you are growing the fig for its fruit rather than its foliage, you should remove any developing fruits that are larger than a pea in autumn, and either cover the crown of the tree with a blanket of frost fleece or try to gently pack it with straw. This will keep them snug and warm throughout winter and push the plants energy into the development of the young fruits, which should grow into fully ripened figs next year.
Growing goji plants in your garden is an easy way to reap the benefits of this tart, zingy fruit for years to come.
The red-orange berries are a prominent superfood that is a common feature in a variety of Asian dishes. The goji berry has a reputation as a superfood.
The goji berry or wolfberry (Lycium barbarum) is native to China and other parts of Eastern Asia, including Japan. It forms an upright shrub with long, thorny branches hanging over in elegant curves. Ultimate height 2-3 meters.
The fruits have a very high importance because of their high content of vitamins and trace elements - notably iron, selenium, Vitamins B2 and C. Goji berries also contain very high concentrations of polysaccharides - powerful anti-oxidant agents. Some studies suggest anti-aging properties. The leaves are also used in Chinese medicine. Fruits orange-red. Cropping September to October.
Standard Pomegranate Tree (Punica granatum) is a beautiful hardy deciduous tree with glossy bright green leaves ideal for growing on a sunny patio. The pretty funnel-shaped flowers turn into edible pomegranates in deep red or yellow rind.
It's worth growing for the flowers alone as it produces striking bright red tube-shaped flowers from late spring until late summer.
Pomegranates fruit store extremely well in a cool dry place and continue to sweeten off the tree.
- High on Vitamines
- Blooms: July
- Flower colour: red
- Edible Fruit
- Harvest: September
- Full grown: 15 Years
- Full grown height: 5 - 6 m
- Hardiness: -10 Celsius
A compact, self-fertile form of the kiwi fruit, Actinidia arguta Issai is suitable for smaller gardens. A kiwi but not as we know it, similar in taste but much smaller and sweeter and the fruits may be eaten skin and all like a grape. Baby Kiwi Issai is a twining, shrubby, deciduous climber with simple green leaves that do not colour in autumn. Small, distinctive flowers in June are followed by huge crops of small, thin-skinned pale green kiwi fruit which ripens late.
Self-fertile, but will not pollinate other female kiwis. A good choice for forest gardens.
- Site: Sheltered
- Soil: Any moist, fertile, well-drained soil, acid soil preferred
- Position: Full sun
- Pick: Late September-October
- Keep: Will not keep more than a few days
- Hardiness: Hardy
- Pollination: Self-fertile
- Uses: For eating fresh
- Height: 13ft (4m) Spread: 13ft (4m)
- Pot size: 2 Litre