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Constructing a living structure in your garden could be anything from a woven willow hedge or secret den to apple trees trained as archways and arbours. The structures can take you from one area of the garden, be the destination in themselves or divide and enclose spaces. The creation of these involves simple training methods or more complex techniques such as espalier, cordon and pleaching. As long as the plant is amenable to being pruned, the only boundary is your imagination.
Living structures: creating and maintaining
A wide range of trees, fruit trees, shrubs and climbers that respond well to being pruned include:
To see a wide selection of trained fruit, visit RHS gardens and West Dean Gardens free as part of RHS membership.
Erect a ready made plain gazebo framework made from galvanised tubular steel 3.4m (11ft) in diameter and 2.5m (8ft) in height.
Trees and shrubs: buyingTrees and shrubs: plantingHedges: plantingHedges: selections
There are few pest and disease problems. However, common problems that affect fruit trees may be seen. For example;
Apples and pears: growing and training as cordonsArbours and tunnelsEspalier training treesGrape: the rod and spur pruning systemHedges: trimmingPleachingTrees
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