No more bare brick and concrete walls, let’s start adorning some boring and ugly city buildings with beautiful, espaliered fruit trees. Whether it’s pear, apple, or quince, peach, grape, lemon, cumquat or lime, many fruit trees lend themselves to clever pruning.
Run the branches sideways, upwards, circular or diagonally and you create a natural, eye-catching screening, hiding ugly sights and covering bare brick. Even when the colourful leaves fall from the deciduous trees in Autumn the shape of the branches can provide an elaborate natural piece of art during Winter until the fresh green leaves appear in Spring.
During Summer the fruit ripens and the natural screens are covered in shades of red, orange, yellow and green as the fruits ripen. Espaliered trees add the wow factor to any courtyard setting, too. So how about some in the newly-pedestrianised laneways right in the heart of the city. Don’t worry about the fruit falling to the ground and messing up the pavements. Passers-by will be only too keen to pick the fruit and pop them into their pockets and lunch boxes to enjoy later!