Pleached treesThis is a project installation for a family in Harrow whose garden I designed and planted. Using pleached trees either side of the existing fenced boundary adds not only structural beauty but privacy above the fence line.

Once the preserve of grand estates, pleaching (the art of training trees into shapes) has become a feature in contemporary garden design. Staking them with wooden framework is a good idea if they are above a standard height fence (1.8m) as they will pick up in the wind.

Leave supported for the first couple of years to allow roots to get down into the soil space and stabilise the tree.

Here we’ve planted pleached Photinia ‘Red Robin’ as it’s an evergreen and puts on red colours with new flush of leaves. Will require step ladders to maintain shape a couple of times a year.

I am a garden designer based in North Hertfordshire – to find out more about my design work please visit judi samuels garden design

Happy gardening!