Fruit Trees in Boulder
I need some advice for fruit trees in south boulder.
1) what works well here: apples, plums, peaches, pears,grapes, etc?
2) where would you order from? Who do you think knows enough about fruit trees here that could also advise how to plant?
3) Last summer we hired the owner of Harlequin Gardens to consult on fruit trees in our South Boulder- windy as hell back yard. We got some good pointers but he said that we should not espalier or use dwarf varieties because they are less hardy and can't survive our winters/wind. But, I have been reading on this post that some,including Ianb has espaliered his apple trees and pruned plums to keep them at 5'. That was our plan until HG said not to. Can anyone comment on this?
4)If someone has espaliered their trees, would you be willing to let me see them if your local? I know this is strange but I've only seen pictures online and want to make sure I fully understand before trying this. Or, whether I should just choose 4 trees and let them grow naturally. We have a standard south boulder yard.
We worked much of the summer getting our yard ready for a mini orchard- 2 roll offs to take away the 16 tons (the BF knows for sure) of rock and cement we had to dig out our yard with a mini excavator- good fun. So, I may be a little sensitive to making sure we actually have good fruit producing trees- sorry.