I was pruning some bushes above the weekend and reminded how years in the past I greened up our plain retaining wall with an invisible wire trellis, I wrote about it in 1 of my early blog posts. I planted bower vine and enable it to expand random and wild, only trimming it or tying it to the trellis when necessary to manage it.

trellised bower vine

The trellis is constructed of wire and screw eyes and with the addition of bower vine has disguised the plainness of the wall, adding a welcome element of greenery. The leaves continue to be in winter and it blooms May possibly via October with pink jasmine flowers.

eye hook and bower vine

I spied a equivalent wire trellis at my local Entire Food items, the strategy employed to accomplish the same impact, this one constructed with diagonal wires rather of in a grid like mine.

diagonal invisible trellis

It’ a straightforward construction, this one particular also utilised screw eyes secured to the wall and galvanized wire, and turnbuckles which let you to tighten the screws and wires.


The wire trellis is an alternative to a framework you can obtain on the internet or in a garden shop, individuals are limited in shape and size and more expensive. The wires can be utilised to support any meandering vine as observed above or more formally by clipping and coaching vines into geometric patterns.

trellised espalier vine

trained jasmine vine

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The art of espalier (pronounced es-pal-yay) is a favourite gardening strategy for numerous individuals. It dates back numerous centuries, and was perfected by Europeans. Wineries and wine growers use a model of espalier to support grapevines, we also train our Pinot Noir vines each and every yr, though much less formally.

Every time I see it in its most formal application I admire it quite considerably since it will take patience and manage, but the result is well worth the wait, just like this tree I spied on a stroll by means of Pacific Heights in San Francisco final yr.


Espalier is the procedure of manipulating tree branches by forcing two dimensional growth along a constructed trellis on a single plane alternatively of permitting the branches to bloom outward in all instructions.

There is a elegance to espalier but also a practicality, it is a clever way to add botanicals to tall walls or narrow outdoor spaces. The approach can also be utilised to generate residing fences or arbors as nicely.

espalier fence

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Fully qualified, espalier trees are a focal point and perform of artwork whether they’ ornamental or fruit bearing. It requires many many years to train a tree and you can do it oneself with study, patience, and cautious pruning or you can obtain an established espalier tree at a neighborhood nursery from expert.

There are several defined types of espalier, the most recognizable is classic horizontal Cordon.

espalier apple trees (2)

espalier apple trees – horizontal cordon

The fan form known as Palmette Oblique maintains a central stem and trains the branches on the diagonal, it operates well for crabapple trees or trees with pits (cherries, nectarines, etc.)

fan style espalier

fan form crabapple espalier

The Palmette Verier permits for a middle branch then the offshoot branches are educated to develop horizontal then vertical in a fork shape.

espalier pear

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A criss cross style is referred to as Belgian Fence and also requires mindful training.

espalier apple trees

apple espalier

The informal style is just as gorgeous, educated only to increase flat towards the wall and nothing at all more.

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espalier tree informal

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How have you trellised your vines in your yard, formally or informally? Have you ever attempted espalier with good results?

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