Deep Dark Plants for Halloween and Beyond

by Genevieve on October 30, 2011

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Photo at left: Mackerel showing his love of Phormium ‘Black Adder’

October always makes me want to curl up with my gardening books and highlight the deliciously wicked black plants found within. But you don’t need to limit black and dark plants to Halloween. They can fit into pretty much any garden scheme, from English cottage, Japanese, tropical, woodland, or any style of gardening you’ve got going on.

Acidanthera Helleborus Onyx Odyssey photo courtesy Terra Nova Nursery
Actaea 'Brunette' or Cimicifuga 'Brunette' Chambers (11)

Looking for some goth gardening inspiration?

My latest column over at Landscaping Network brings exactly that, in Deep Dark Plants for the Halloween Garden. In it, I share tips for how to harmonize dark-foliaged plants with the rest of your garden, as well as some top picks for container gardeners and in-the-ground gardeners.

Design by Tina Rousselot

Dark PlantsLast year, I was similarly smitten, and went back to my goth-girl roots for an article about my favorite Gothy Black Plants for the Garden.

This year, I tackled the design end of things with my post for the Garden Designers Roundtable, Dark Designs.

Introducing dark plants into the garden can definitely take some cojones. They’re such an unexpected addition that they always attract attention, and while it’s easy to combine black with other colors when we’re getting dressed, it can take a bit more nerve to create long-lasting combinations with black in the garden. Read the article for some quick tips on getting started.

Then, two of my pals have also caught the black plants bug. Rebecca Sweet shows off photos of her ten favorite black plants, and Fern Richardson has a very helpful list of black plants for container gardeners. Go on over and check them out!

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rebecca sweet October 31, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Thanks for the shout-out, Gen! And I loved your article over on the Landscaping Network – super excited to try the Purple New Zealand Myrtle. It’s a new one for me and I can’t wait!!
rebecca sweet´s last article ..Top 10 Favorite Black Plants for Halloween

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Genevieve November 1, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Thanks, Rebecca! I thought of you when recommending it, as it is a definite candidate for future editions of Garden Up!

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Jill Szczygiel November 1, 2011 at 6:50 am

You are amazing! I love reading your work, I learn so much. Thank you!

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Genevieve November 1, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Awww, thanks so much, Jill! Some of the photos in my black plants article over at Landscaping Network were ones I took in Trinidad! I thought of you when garden touring.

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