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Kim Wilde answers your gardening questions.

I want to plant an apple tree. It would be nice if it had long lasting spring blossom as well as tasty apples in autumn.
Before buying a tree, check rootstock, as this determines size. For a small garden, a dwarf or restricted-growth tree would probably fit the bill. Ideally, the site should be in full sun, but light, dappled shade is fine. Container-grown trees can be planted at any time, unless the ground is frozen or very wet. Bare-rooted trees are best planted in the dormant season (end of November to the end of March) and will need a hole big enough to take the roots fully spread out. Highly recommended is the James Grieve apple, but why not go and see the blossom for yourself this spring at Brogdale, in Kent, home of the National Fruit Collection (01795 5355286, brogdale.org.uk).