Alan’s front runners
Sultana – long, dark, green and tender beans with stringless, cylindrical pods.
Cobra – slim, pencil-shaped pods. The mauve flowers make this an attractive variety for growing in containers or up trellises.
Hunter – an old favourite with wide, flat, stringless beans. It is a heavy cropper and good for growing under cover.
Delinel – slim, pencil-shaped beans with outstanding flavour and heavy crops. It has the RHS Award of Garden Merit.
Sonesta – a heavy cropping but compact variety with yellow beans. It’s good grown under cover.
Purple tepee – purple, cylindrical beans that are easy to pick.
Enorma – a superb exhibition variety that produces very long, straight beans that make for very good eating.
Red Rum – an early cropper that is good in poor summers as it is tolerant to halo blight, a disease brought on by damp.
Painted lady – another old favourite that is good for trellises and tubs and gives a fair crop.