Many trees, both fruit and ornamental, are suitable for growing in containers.
For smaller gardens, patio areas or specially designed garden rooms, keeping trees in containers is an ideal way to enjoy the structure, colour and fruit that trees provide without taking up too much space. Patio trees are even perfectly happy on a balcony.
Growing trees in pots gives you the added flexibility of being able to rearrange them, plus you can take them with you if you move house - a real bonus for those who rent! Some less hardy trees, such as dwarf peaches, also really benefit from being moved into a greenhouse in the winter then being brought out on show for the summer.
In response to the increasing interest in patio trees we have expanded our range so the choice has never been greater, and we are continually on the look out for more excellent varieties. To help plant buyers easily identify them in garden centres, they are presented in a terracotta style pot to mark them out from our usual black pot range.
Most fruit trees can be grafted or budded onto dwarfing rootstocks which holds the tree back from getting too big. All the best apple varieties such as Cox, Scrumptious, Red Windsor or Christmas Pippin are grown on the M27 rootstock so the trees will never grow more than about 6ft high whilst still producing a good basket of apples to enjoy every autumn.
For pears we use the reliable dwarfing rootstock Quince ‘C’ and for cherries there is the new Gisela 5 rootstock which has proven to increase yields. A satisfactory dwarfing rootstock for plums has yet to be developed so we wouldn’t advise keeping these in containers – yet.
And the choice of Ornamental Patio Trees includes everything from pretty spring flowering cherries to evergreen cotoneasters to autumn fruiting crab apples, offering a stunning display of colours, shapes and textures to choose from to create interest in your garden all year round.