Enliven an exterior wall with an espaliered fruit tree. Go with tradition and choose a pear or an apple tree, or try a fig tree for a less formal look. Create the horizontal supports on which to train young branches with 14-gauge wires pulled taut through eye hooks screwed into the wall. Secure the branches to the wires with soft twist ties or twine.
Ook 14-gauge steel galvanized wire, about $6
for 100 feet, and heavy-duty eye-hook screws, about $13
for six; homedepot.com
Similar to shown: Fig tree, about $15; burntridgenursery.com