Taryn Hesse wrote: I have also put in apple and redcurrants in different espalier styles for interior borders but they need twice yearly trimming.
Taryn Hesse wrote:Hi
The hazel and willow are wild trees that were on my property they get about wrist thickness before i want to lay them. they grow much faster than the nut producing cultivars. They are thinner, but you get a decent thickness because they send up lots of laterals. The elderberries are very thin and not being layed. I will be putting them in as a woven barrier where the holes are too small for dogs and kids to pass through. Then, once the weaving is tied together like a trellis, Iwill put all of the laterals through the gaps to make it hopefully a snow proof parking tunnel. Unlike willow and hazel they can tolerate being planted in drier spots like my parking lot. The stems are by age between willow and rose thickness. I have a 16th century house that tourists go hiking past so the front garden is getting fancy treatment to bring people into the kiosk for drinks and souviners. I think there are more work and time efficient ways it takes a long time for elderberries to grow. Il have time to take some photos tomorrow im not at home right now.
James Freyr wrote:I would give the wild blackberries a go. Thorns are really good at keeping humans out, and for dogs, it may depend on thickness of their coat, but if the blackberries were so dense and it was an impenetrable thicket, it may not matter. I just like the idea of a human/dog barrier fence also providing food.