Midnight black stems and Miss Havisham-eque beauty of blue flowers fading to vintage cream-splashed green are a carbon dated reminder of summer just passed. Partial shade to partial sun. Up to 5′ tall and wide. Zone: 4 – 9
Blooms into fall with unearthly-perfect, ghostly-white unfurling flowers that 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
Any plant named “Cryptomeria” is bound to make the list, but 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
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
Erect canes make it easy to pick the berries but 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
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
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
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
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
If an avalanche of fragrant summer flowers were not already almost too much to take in, 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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