Spoooooky Plants in Honour of Halloween

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We’ve dug up the scariest plants we can find at Coolings! Display these flowers and plants to add a little haunt to your house this season...if you dare.


Dark and stormy…

Zamioculcas zamiifolia ‘Raven’ is the new kid on the houseplant block having only been launched this summer and is one of the most interesting and toughest of houseplants. It’s striking black foliage sets it apart from the other cultivars of Zamioculcas and will be sure to make an impact in your space. Raven is also exceptionally low-maintenance – what’s not to love?!

Outdoors, try a mass of clump forming, black, large-leafed Heuchera ‘Obsidian’. Rounded, purple-black, glossy leaves which bear sprays of white flowers in late spring. Would look extra spooky planted with black Mondo Grass!

Zamioculcas 'Raven' and Heuchera 'Obsidian


Burning beauty…

Create a surreal scene with the flamelike foliage of Phormium ‘Evening Glow’ and Carex buchananii. The corky 'winged' bark and spectacular scarlet autumn leaves of Euonymus alatus ‘Compactus’ amongst the red berries of Skimmia japonica ‘Pabella’, will also create a fantastic fiery glow.

Phormium 'Evening Glow', Carex buchananii and Euonymus alatus 'Compactus'


To create the look indoors, try Calathea crocata ‘Tassmania’. The leaves of this showy plant are a deep purple-flushed green on the top with a maroon reverse. This gives them a really nice bi-coloured effect. Having said that though, it is the flowers that are the real stars. They top long stems and are a bright orange colour that really glows.

Calathea crocata 'Tassmania'


Witches brew…

Hubble bubble toil and trouble…put victims under your spell with the ‘Intense Blue’ foliage of Festuca glauca. This eye-catching beauty offers fantastic year-round interest for your garden and is great in containers or with other grasses in the border.

Festuca glauca 'Intense Blue'


Blades of Blood…

Grow a pot of Japanese blood grass (Imperata cylindrica ‘Rubra’) for some spooky seasonality. The tips turn red in autumn, making the grass look likes it’s been dipped in blood. Alternatively, Phormium ‘Crimson Devil’ will fit the bill, as will Uncinia rubra ‘Everflame’ - a striking grass which will add great architectural interest to your display.

Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra', Phormium 'Crimson Devil' and Uncinia rubra 'Everflame'


In a tangle…

Harry Lauder’s walking stick (Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’) plays the leading role. Its dormant bony form on full display will add a goulish touch. Greenish yellow catkins will soon dangle from the tree’s twisted branches, followed by a covering of bright green leaves in spring and summer. The supporting cast members would have to be our new varieties of Cascading Heucherella. Available in Plum, Copper, Red and Autumn cascade – great for baskets and containers and are easy to grow.

Corylus avellana 'Contorta' and Cascading Heucherella Plum Cascade


Kaleidoscopic color…

It’s hard to pick a best moment for Berberis thunbergii ‘Orange Rocket’, whose spring foliage starts out coral, ages to green, and then turns red. But the two-toned nature of its autumn habit is something spectacular. 

Berberis thunbergii 'Orange Rocket' 


To create the look indoors try Croton Codiaeum for its nearly limitless leaf forms and beautiful explosion of colour.


It's in the veins…

Fill your house with Fittonia ‘Skeleton’. It’s blood red veined leaves will complement your Halloween decorations nicely.

Frittonia 'Skeleton'


Thriller…

Redtwig dogwoods (such as Cornus alba ‘Sibirica Variegata’) may be dormant, but bare of their green leaves, the branches almost glow. The bright striking stems of the Cornus would look great surrounded by the spiderlike leaves of black Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’) as it appears to crawl over the edge of a container or pot. Ophiopogan ‘Nigrescens’ also looks fantastic with other grasses (such as Carex comans ‘Bronze’), especially if grouped in tubs or planted into gravel, and it provides a brilliant contrast with silvery plants in sun, or bright green ferns in shade. It’s not just for Halloween either – clusters of pale purplish white flowers appear in Summer followed by dark blue-black fruit – a plant for year-round interest.

Cornus alba 'Sibirica Variegata' and Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'


Go on, trick or treat yourself……Mwah-ha-ha-ha-ha!

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