I want to train a pear tree as an espalier against a wall.
A simple espalier can train all branches to grow horizontally.
They look marvellous espaliered on wires against a wall, too, as opposed to growing loosely as a shrub.
Because the fruit is so good, the trees are best grown as espaliers in a small garden, which will maximise fruit production against tree size.
These include Kylemore Abbey, where 150-year-old apple espaliers line the paths of the kitchen garden.
Apples are espaliered along space-saving rows of wire fencing.
In addition there is a large patio surrounded by trees on espaliers .
Once you know what you are doing, you can prune 12 dwarf espaliered trees in an hour or maybe two each year.
Plant an espaliered pomegranate or other fruit tree against a bare wall and train the branches into a living sculpture.
It was espaliered carefully back onto its old trellis and coaxed into bloom.