Also known as the Geneva Double Curtain, this was the original curtain system which later developed others.
With proper initial training most trees are set up for life and apart from check-ups, rarely need much attention.
In many ways the principles involved in pruning climbers are the same as for other forms of ornamental shrub.
Once a shrub is fully established and growing away happily, it will need regular attention to keep it healthy and in shape.
In warm areas, figs can be grown as free-standing bushes, although it is quite common to these trained against walls.
In cool areas figs grown as fans stand a better chance of producing a good crop of fruit.
There are a number of dessert varieties, but most gardeners grow them for culinary use.
Some grape types, especially the dessert varieties, are better pruned using the rod-and-spur system.
Grapes are generally grown outside, but, in cooler climates, dessert types are usually best under glass.
Soft fruit is not difficult to grow, nor is the initial training and subsequent pruning tricky.
Hops are well suited to cooler climates and have been grown for centuries for beer-making as well as other uses.
There are four types of climber, all with different methods of attaching themselves.
Most climbing plants have a natural tendency to grow straight up.
Many shrubs that you buy from garden centres and nurseries are already trained to a basic shape.
Hand shears are still the favourite of many gardeners who only have small areas of hedging to cut.