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A bold installation in a Manitoba garden

Mike Grandmaison
Photography by
Beckie Fox

Cedar sculptures ensure this garden never suffers from the winter blahs

If you can’t add sculpture to your garden, you can still get the look with these sculptural plants that are stunning in any season. (chosen by Anne Marie Van Nest)

1. Weeping blue atlas cedar
(Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca Pendula’)
Height: 10 m
Spread: 5 m
Location: full sun; shelter from cold, drying winter winds
Cultivation: adapts to most soil types but prefers moist, well-drained soil
Description: drooping vertical branches give this cedar a unique personality. With its silvery blue evergreen needles and smooth, grey bark, it’s like having a living sculpture in the garden year-round
Zone: 6

2. Corkscrew hazel (Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’)
Height: 2.5 to 3 m
Spread: 2.5 to 4 m
Location: full sun to part shade
Cultivation: moist, well-drained soil; if desired, thin out to accentuate contorted form; remove any straight root suckers
Description: hanging, brown catkins in April; light green foliage; yellow fall colour. Its twisted, spiralling branches, twigs and leaves offer excellent winter interest
Zone: 4

3. ‘Purple Fountain’ beech
(Fagus sylvatica ‘Purple Fountain’)
Height: 3 to 7 m
Spread: 3 to 5 m
Location: full sun
Cultivation: moist but well-drained soil; drought-tolerant once established
Description: glossy foliage, which is dark purple in spring, greenish purple in summer and bronze in fall; an upright leader with cascading secondary branches
Zone: 4

4. Twisty Baby black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Lady Lace’)
Height: 3 to 7 m
Spread: 4 to 5 m
Location: full sun to part shade
Cultivation: dry to moist, well-drained soil; tolerates poor soil
Description: seldom flowers; lacy, dark green foliage with yellow fall colour; kinked and twisted foliage, with small spines along branches
Zone: 4


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