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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Bring your passion for horror or thriller movies outdoors with pansy 'Halloween II' (annual) or Agave gentryi 'Jaws' (USDA Zones 7b to 10). Get creative by making tombstones for beloved deceased pets. Place the tombstones in one area of the yard to create your own pet cemetery. Plant catnip (Nepeta) or dog fennel (Eupatorium capillifolium) in memoriam.
Accentuating the season
Commemorate the dieback of plants due to frost. For plants with large leaves such as banana or canna, tie up the dead foliage in a bunch to resemble haystacks. The plant "corpses" can be used to hide creepy sculptures.
Living plants that look like they're dead can also add an interesting element to the creepy garden. Corokia cotoneaster (USDA Zones 9 to 10) has tangled silver branches and tiny, silver-green leaves that make the plant look like it has succumbed but indeed has not. The auburn-brown-colored foliage of weeping brown sedge (Carex flagellifera 'Toffee Twist', USDA Zones 6 to 9) also has the same effect.
Looking for plants that resemble human body parts? Take a deeper look at the flowers of eyeball plant (Spilanthes, annual), fruit pods of dead man's fingers (Decaisnea fargesii, USDA Zones 6 to 9) or the brain-like blooms of crested celosia (figure G).
Consider using weeping or contorted trees and shrubs. Options include:
- contorted filbert, Harry Lauder's walking stick (Corylus avellana 'Contorta,' USDA Zones 4 to 8)
- laceleaf Japanese maple (Acer palmatum dissectum 'Viridis,' 'Waterfall' or 'Red Dragon')
- weeping katsuratree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Pendula,' USDA Zones 4 to 8)
- weeping redbud (Cercis canadensis 'Traveller' and 'Lavender Twist')
- weeping European beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Pendula,' USDA Zones 4 to 7)
- weeping white pine (Pinus strobus 'Pendula', USDA Zones 3 to 9)
- weeping Higan cherry (Prunus subhirtella var. pendula, USDA Zones 5 to 8)
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