About the Landscape Juice Network

Founded in 2008. The Landscape Juice Network (LJN) is the largest and fastest growing professional landscaping and horticultural association in the United Kingdom.

LJN's professional business forum is unrivalled and open to anyone within within the UK landscape industry

LJN's Business Objectives Group (BOG) is for any Pro serious about building their business.

For the researching visitor there's a wealth of landscaping ideas, garden design ideas, lawn advice tips and advice about garden maintenance.


Free-standing espalier - any ideas?

I'd like to try an ornamental espalier (non-fruit)  to border a knot garden and wondered if anyone had any tried and tested suggestions for something relatively low growing (i.e. under 6ft). I've done pyracantha, ceanothus and garrya sucessfully in other situations, but this were quite tall wall-trained specimens. Anyone got any ideas for other plants?

You need to be a member of Landscape Juice Network to add comments!

Join Landscape Juice Network

Email me when people reply –


  • Would an amelanchier work? They don't get too big, with spring and autumn interest. Not tried and tested, just a thought  

  • roses might do but they take a bit of looking after 

    • PRO

      yes i agree, and they do have the guarantee of summer colour...

  • That's a tough one, with regard the 6ft, The only one I can think of that iv seen is Cotinus coggeria.  A bit of pruning to keep it in check, but that's no harm. As mentioned by David about Rose's ,any shrub rose( certainly ths David Austins) can be trained in this fashion. Lovely on the fingers in late winter too!!



    • PRO

      how about cotoneaster  Privet  photinia  Parrotia some will need  regular pruning but if you can get rooted wips a good start


      • PRO

        I've heard that Photinia is a good one for espalier, I may well try that - thanks.

        • Iv seen an awful lot of photina, evergreen oak and eleagnus ebbengii over here in Brussels. Very popular for balcony gardens mostly imported from Italy  So they should also work. One last one would be the ornamental weeping pear. A stunning backdrop if pruned properly to get that young leaved effect over a season. Piet ouldolf uses it very effectively as  clipped accents in  his own garden in venlo Holland. Superb plant.

    • PRO

      Ouch! Yes, and ramblers are even worse... I like your idea of Cotinus though - have you ever espaliered it yourself?

  • I'd also suggest Hydrangea aspera.Its just a hunch but it would fit the size requirements  and has a beautiful leaf and flower.Might suit the knot garden style...Slow to get started mind..

This reply was deleted.

Industry Jobs

Maintenance gardener

We are looking for a full time maintenance gardener to join our busy team. We deal solely with private, top end gardens in the Richmond area of South West London. Applicant must have a working knowledge of common garden plants and experience with the usual maintenance tools. A driving licence is preferred. Applicant must be


Are you looking for an exciting job where you can experience the great outdoors and have a meaningful impact on UK conservation? What better way to mitigate climate change and benefit wildlife than planting trees and helping to create biodiverse habitats. As the UK’s most experienced ecological consultancy and contractor, Ecosulis is  currently looking to

Hard Landscaping Specialist

Hard and soft landscaping specialist immediate start for the right person, must have construction skills in all areas ie block, stone, brick etc. good rates of pay, initially self employed. This is a great opportunity for the right person, as nearing 70 years of age I need to step back a little. So if you


Skilled landscaper required for immediate start with family run business installing high end landscaping projects in Gloucestershire.

Business Objectives Group (BOG)

Hot Discussions

Latest blog post

Trade green waste centres

If you've received help from the Landscape Juice Network and you'd like to say thank you, why not make a small donation?

The site is maintained as an indpendent industry resource and it's become an essential tool for those working in the landscape industry.

Thank you

Phil Voice

Founder Landscape Juice

Make a donation

LJN Sponsor





I am looking for a device to record phone calls, from clients, I used to use boadbeast but it stopped working on my phone.. I have tried to download an app on my samsung 8... but it only recordes my voice not the callers.  I actually prefar…

Read more…