Top 5... late-sum­mer fruit and berries

Ex­tend the grow­ing season with these five de­li­cious late-per­form­ing va­ri­eties

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1 Black­berry ‘Ch­ester Thorn­less’

Heavy crops of richly-flavoured fruit. Vig­or­ous, thorn­less, semi-erect stems are disease re­sis­tant. Se­cure stems to wires on a wall or fence. Any moist, well-drained soil in sun or semi-shade. H/S: 1.8m (6ft).

Tip Cut back fruit­ing stems to ground level after har­vest­ing, re­tain­ing un­fruited canes.

From www.pomon­afruits.co.uk; tel: 01255 440410.

2 Blue­berry ‘Chan­dler’

One of the largest-fruit­ing va­ri­eties, pro­duc­ing suc­cu­lent, well-flavoured berries from Au­gust to mid-Septem­ber. Self­fer­tile blos­som in spring. Vig­or­ous va­ri­ety with slightly open habit. Good au­tumn colour. Must have moist, well-drained, acid soil in semi-shade. H/S: 1.5m (5ft). Tip Grow in pots of er­i­ca­ceous com­post if soil is limey or chalky. From www.tre­ha­nenurs­ery. co.uk; tel: 01202 873490.

3 Fig ‘Brown Turkey’

Re­li­able va­ri­ety for crop­ping out­doors in the UK. De­cid­u­ous tree with at­trac­tive, ar­chi­tec­tural leaves. Sweet, dark red, pear-shaped fruit from late sum­mer. Any well-drained soil in full sun. H/S: 4m (13ft). Tip Grow in an 38-45cm (1518in) pot to keep in check. From www.thomp­son­mor­gan.com; tel: 0844 573 1818.

4 Kiwi ‘Is­sai’

Self-fer­tile va­ri­ety pro­duc­ing clus­ters of small, smooth-skinned, sweet-tast­ing fruits. Vig­or­ous, dis­easere­sis­tant vine needs ty­ing in to frame­work. Any moist, well-drained soil in sun. H: 4m (13ft), S: 3m (10ft).

Tip Train in es­palier form on wires with hor­i­zon­tal shoots 45cm (1½ft) apart.

From www.sut­tons.co.uk; tel: 0844 326 2200.

5 Rasp­berry ‘Polka’

Pol­ish-bred, spine-free pri­mo­cane va­ri­ety. Large, deep red berries from late July un­til Oc­to­ber, two weeks ear­lier than ‘Au­tumn Bliss’. Moist, well-drained soil in sun. H: 1.5m (5ft), S: 50cm (1¾ft). Tip Cut down spent canes in spring.

From www.thompson-mor­gan.com; tel: 0844 573 1818.

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