Espaliering: The glory of trained roses

Espaliering is an ancient pruning method, still used for fruit trees, that can be applied to climbing roses, large shrub roses and Spire roses (very tall hybrid tea roses) with spectacular effect. An espaliered rose can be a focal point on a trellis, cover a wall or palisade fence, act as a screen, and transform a boundary or swimming pool fence. The basic principle of espalier is the horizontal tying of canes to a support, which encourages the rose to sprout and flower from every node along the branch. It also keeps climbers neat and under control, easy to manage…

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