The Daily Telegraph
UK fruit and veg like something out of the Med
EXOTIC fruits and vegetables more typical of a “Mediterranean or Californian garden” are growing in popularity among British gardeners thanks to this summer’s heatwave.
Watermelons and bananas have been flourishing according to the Royal Horticultural Society, but more common plants to England such as roses have had a harder time in the hot summer.
It comes following a sweltering summer that saw the hottest day ever recorded in the UK, with temperatures reaching 40.3C in July – the first time on record Britain hit more than 40C.
Despite the challenges the soaring temperatures pose for gardeners, Guy Barter, RHS chief horticulturist, said milder winters and hot summers offer favourable conditions for exotic plants.
Window cleaner Chris Bower in Ipswich, has been able to grow all sorts of fruit and veg from watermelons to peppers and pineapples to aubergines.
He told The Mail on Sunday: “The way the climate is going has [let me] have plants you would normally expect in a Mediterranean or Californian garden.”