Recently on my blog I shared how I have evergreens growing up the side of my house.
The climbing evergreens add so much character and charm to what could have been a plain brick wall.
Another word for these climbing evergreens is espalier. Better Homes & Gardens says it best: “Espalier, the art of training a tree or shrub against a wall, is one way to enhance a courtyard wall or other exterior surface.” Click on their link for instructions on How to Espalier.
Espaliers are Perfect for both Large and Small Spaces
Don’t think espaliers are just for large spaces such as my large brick wall above. In fact, its just the opposite. Because they are climbing against a wall, they take up little space yet add mass appeal. They are wonderful for narrow walkways, small patios and courtyards. Keep these wonderful espaliers in mind if you are downsizing to smaller property. It’s a fabulous way to add character to a small space.
Now for some stunning examples of what you can do to add charm and appeal to a blank wall.
These diamond shape espalier ivy add so much charm to this narrow walkway.
This ivy espalier creates a beautiful backdrop to these topiary pots.
This stunning espalier covers the side wall of a garage.
If you want to grow fruit trees but don’t have the space, consider an espalier fruit tree.
Chimneys can be plain and boring. Creating an espalier tree growing up a chimney turns it into an artist’s canvas.
Espaliers are a way to have greenery in tight spaces such as this courtyard.
Privacy walls are great for just that, privacy. However, they can be so boring to look at. I love this diamond shaped espalier below which adds mass appeal to this block wall.
Do you have the perfect spot to create some espalier art in your yard?