This pretty metal artwork featuring an espalier fruit tree on the loggia abutting the main house echoes the real-life espalier beyond. Ceramic plates provide visual balance, fill out the wall and reiterate the edible theme on this patio where meals are often enjoyed.
Plants provide a soft texture against the vast amount of hardscape materials. On the large brick wall to the right, an espaliered vine creates a unique focal point and helps emphasize the overall formal and traditional design of this poolscape.
Let this evergreen vine tumble over an arbor or espalier it on a wall or trellis. Pink jasmine grows to 20 feet, with fragrant, pinkish-white spring blooms. Hardy in USDA zones 8 to 10, this trailing plant also grows as a ground cover or in containers.
Modern apple orchards often resemble more of an espalier planting, with trees arranged along wires and fruit bearing branches formed horizontally along a narrow path. These types of plantings are known as spindle orchards and feature high density tree plantings with 1,000 trees per acre. The arrangement results in easier harvest and tree maintenance coupled with high yields.