For smaller gardens, Minarette fruit trees are perfect. They bear fruit on short spurs along the length of a vertical stem, rather than on long spreading branches, so they can be grown in patio pots. Alternatively, plant them in the ground 60-90cm apart to make a decorative screen or fruiting hedge. Apples, pears, gages, damsons and cherries are all available as Minarettes, which have been closely pruned to achieve a columnar effect, so it’s possible to grow an orchard, even in a suburban backyard. Plum trees give especially good value as the fruits can be eaten fresh or cooked and preserved. The Majorie’s Seedling variety is ideal for colder areas, and is also available as a Minarette.