The advent of patio gardening has seen the miniaturisation of many fruit plants, none more so than the raspberry. Lanky, bristly stems that traditionally required strapping to a stout framework have been replaced by multi-stemmed, thorn-free bushes producing bountiful crops of fruit on 90cm (3ft) canes. Ideal for containers or growing in small spaces, they’re more easily managed.
‘Ruby Beauty’ was first to arrive (www.thompson-morgan.com; tel: 0844 573 1818). Being a floricane variety it fruits on the previous season’s shoots, so simply cut off spent stems after fruiting in autumn.
Other novelties have also materialised, such as ‘Groovy’, with bright yellow leaves (www.crocus. co.uk; tel: 01344 578111) and ‘Goodasgold’ with yellow fruit in July (www.lubera.co.uk; tel: 0845 527 1658). Lubera has also bred dwarf red varieties ‘Little Red Princess’ and ‘Little Sweet Sister’. All of these are known as primocane varieties and should be cut back in February to fruit on new canes.
‘Ruby Beauty’ was the first dwarf variety
‘Goodasgold’ has a tangy flavour