If you like the idea of having a fruit tree in your garden but don’t have the space – then plant what’s called an espalier.
It’s a technique that creates a beautiful plant structure, and is great at saving space in a small area. In the spring they are covered with blossom and in winter they become an attractive architectural feature.
Espaliers work best planted on a south or west facing wall with good drainage. In this garden I’ve used two pear trees, a Conference and a Concorde as they make good pollinating partners. Like all fruit trees they are best planted in the autumn and are usually supplied bare root when the plant is dormant
Apples and pears are most commonly grown as espaliers but if you want something a little more exotic you can try apricots, peaches or even figs.
As a designer I love the architecture and symmetry of espaliers and think they work equally well using ornamental evergreens such as cotoneasters and pyracanthas.