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Botanicus spooktacularis: 10 Plants for this Haunting Season

Botanicus spooktacularis: 10 Plants for this Haunting Season

Botanicus spooktacularis: 10 Plants for this Haunting Season
Close-up, black and white image of a cluster of small white flowers against dark tree branches.

For the night is dark and full of…flowers. And twisty shrubs and shadowy trees. It’s that spooky, spectral time of year! Here are 10 hauntingly seductive plants for your fall garden.

Blue Enchantress® Hydrangea

Blue Enchantress® Hydrangea

Midnight black stems and Miss Havisham splashed green are a carbon dated reminder of summer just passed. These are eque beauty of blue flowers fading to vintage cream. Partial shade to partial sun. Up to 5′ tall and wide. Zone: 4 – 9

August Beauty Gardenia

August Beauty Gardenia

Blooms into fall with unearthly-perfect, ghostly-white unfurling flowers. These gleam in moonlight and ooze a bewitching, thick, hot sweetness into the night air. Traditionally used in love potions. ‘Nuff said. Partial to full sun. Up to 5′ tall, 3’ wide. Zone: 8 – 11

Black Dragon Japanese Cedar

Black Dragon Japanese Cedar

Any plant named "Cryptomeria" is bound to make the list. However, this particular one has a catawampus branching habit that looks rather spooky in moonlight. Partial to full sun. Up to 7′ tall, 4′ wide; ultimately 10′ tall. Zone: 5 – 9

Winter Jewels® Blue Diamond Lenten Rose

Winter Jewels® Blue Diamond Lenten Rose

Hellebores were once considered a weapon against witches, evil spirits, and madness. Okay, then! Won’t flower till winter, but smoky sawtooth-edge foliage has a distinctively dark vibe. Full shade to partial sun. Zone: 5 – 9

Prime-Ark® 45 Blackberry

Prime-Ark® 45 Blackberry

Erect canes make it easy to pick the berries. When the fun is done, what remains is a twisty bramble with some pretty wicked thorny canes. (Gothically good when wrapped around a pumpkin). Full sun. Up to 8′ tall, 6′ wide. Zone: 4 – 8

My Fair Maiden™ Maiden Grass

My Fair Maiden™ Maiden Grass

The sudden kinetic “what was that?” movement set off by the slightest midnight breeze. The papery sound of the rustling leaves. Grasses in fall have a gorgeous albeit edgy beauty all their own. Full sun. Up to 8′ tall, 5′ wide. Zone: 5 – 9

Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick

Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick

Look at those twisted branches and tell us that’s not just a bit haunting! After autumn’s foliage falls but before winter’s pendulous catkins appear, its nature-made for the spooky season. Full sun. Up to 15′ tall and wide. Zone: 3 – 9

Green Showers Boston Ivy

Green Showers Boston Ivy

Halloween-hued, candy corn colored foliage that covers this self-clinging, vigorous, deciduous vine falls to reveal a twisty, skeletal, tracery-like pattern against bare walls in late autumn. Full sun. Spreading to 50′ long. Zone: 4 – 9

Serpents Blue Chalk Fingers

Serpents Blue Chalk Fingers

Sprawling fleshy stems produce silvery-blue finger-like leaves. When mass planted the effect is a mesmerizing combo of tranquil color and grab you by the eyeballs architectural form. Partial to full sun. Up to 2′ tall, 3′ wide. Zone: 10 – 11

Sweet Autumn Clematis

Sweet Autumn Clematis

For some, an avalanche of fragrant summer flowers is already almost too much to take in. However, try the apparitional wall of silvery seed heads on fall's bare branches seals the deal. Up to 20′ tall with support. Partial to full sun. Zone: 4 – 9

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