I have a large garden with a kind of potager/cottage garden feel and want to add a fruit cage that isn't a big ugly monster. Has anyone come across such a thing that won't require me to remortgage my house and live in it?
Hmm, I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it's the contents of my fruit cage that delight me - just now lovely James Grieve and Katy apples, blueberries, have had red and black currants - raspberries not so good this year. I grow some clematis up the sides too, but not enough to shade the fruit. In the end much will be down to budget - they are never cheap, pretty ones comes dearer - look at the agriframes catalogue maybe? Whatever you try, it will gradually almost disappear from your view as it settles in and plants grow around it. If you really dislike metal poles, you can build one from wood, the available skills and wood supply will make the difference on the budget for that - whatever you do, invest in a decent door!! We got a poor one and had to replace it, you will underestimate how often you will open/close it. Any fruit cage is worth its weight in gold for the fruit and crops you can protect in it.