Tips for creating a spooky garden.
- By Susan Morgan, HGTV.com
Filed under: Halloween Decorating, Holiday Decorating, Plants, Halloween, Gardening, Decorating, Flowers
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Invite spooks and specters into your garden beds with these aptly named plants.
- ghost fern (Athyrium x 'Ghost,' USDA Zones 4 to 9)
- pumpkin 'Baby Boo' (annual)
- Gaillardia 'Goblin' (USDA Zones 3 to 10) (figure E)
- ghost hills heath (Erica darleyensis 'Ghost Hills,' USDA Zones 7 to 8)
- deadnettle (Lamium maculatum, USDA Zones 3 to 8)
Witches' garden and black magic
According to folklore, it is said that witches used plants like yarrow (Achillea), foxglove (Digitalis) and hellebore (Helleborus) in creating their magical concoctions for spells and hexes. But be sure to keep some wartweed (Chelidonium) handy in case the witches need it.
Tell stories of voodoo, black magic and witches' spells with Abutilon x hybridum 'Voodoo' (USDA Zones 7b to 10, houseplant), witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana, USDA Zones 3 to 8) and viola 'Black Magic' (annual).
Keep out unwanted visitors
If the gargoyles won't scare away any unwanted visitors, try using plants that bear thorns or are otherwise unpleasant to come into contact with. Cacti, agaves (figure F), roses and barberries are all thorny options that no one wants to mess with, while carrion plant (Stapelia) and corpse flower (also called voodoo lily, Amorphophallus) are exotic plants whose flowers emit the stench of rotting flesh in hopes of attracting pollinating flies. (Note: carrion plant and corpse flower may be difficult to force into blooming in October and, for this reason, may be more suitable to grow at other times of the year.)
Problems with unwanted vampires? Plant some garlic (Allium sativum) around a birdbath that you can fill with holy water (regular hose water would also do). Garlic chives (Allium tuberosum) or society garlic (Tulbaghia) could also work but aren't as good as the real thing. Make sure to avoid using plants — like Japanese bloodgrass, bleeding heart, bloodroot and love-lies-bleeding — that could attract thirsty vampires.
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