Many rural gardens still have the remnants of an old orchard, or the memory of one exists. These may consist of just a couple of trees, or a bigger number. Old apple, pear and plum trees may be kept just for their decorative value but might not carry much crop, or do so intermittently, and are usually too big to manage. Modern trees are much smaller, take up less space, and are relatively easy to look after.

There is a wide range of fruits that can be grown in most gardens: apples, pears and plums; gooseberries, black currants, red and white currants; raspberries, loganberries, tayberries and blackberries; strawberries and blueberries.