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Standard berries for easy pickings

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Brilliant autumn colour from standard berries. Picture; Lubera

Space-saving berry bushes from Lubera

Here are some berries which are the gold standard for gardeners wanting to grow fruit in restricted spaces or those who have difficulty picking from ordinary bushes – quite literally.

Lubera’s standard berries require very little space and make ideal Christmas gifts, to grow in the vegetable garden, or in pots on the terrace or balcony.

Berry standards grow healthily and the shape of the standard allows better ventilation, so there are fewer diseases and more berries. You also don’t have to bend to prune or pick the fruit, making them ideal for those with mobility problems.

All plants are supplied as strong standards in 5l pots, at £17.40 each.

Fourberry Black Saphir: This fourberry is upright, with a taut yet compact habit, bright yellow flowers, and aromatic fruit.

Gooseberry Lady Sun: This new standard gooseberry has yellow fruit with white markings, which are crisp, juicy and very sweet. The plants are upright, (almost) thornless, and resistant to gooseberry mildew.

Redcurrant Lisette: A new standard redcurrant with very large berries on compact strings and keeps its leaves longest.

Gooseberry Lady Late: This is a new standard gooseberry with large, dark red, hairless fruit and a good, balanced taste. It’s extremely upright in habit, with healthy growth, resistant to American gooseberry mildew, and almost thornless.

For more information, visit www.lubera.co.uk.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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