Picea omorika ‘Pendula Bruns’ (Weeping Blue Spruce) 

Talk about the perfect “vertical accent” for the garden….it would have to be this fine-textured conifer. ‘Pendula Bruns’ soars above its surroundings with artistic verve, and can hardly be overlooked as anything but extraordinary. It has a narrow upright growth habit with a strong central leader that points skyward, while its elegantly weeping branches flow downwards, surrounding the base of the tree like a ball gown. In spring, bright lime-green needles burst from the tips of the drooping branches, in stark contrast to the blue-green foliage. (This tree is from one of my landscape installations a couple of years ago, but like old friends, we visit often.)