Grow Spooky Plants

It’s that spooky time of year! Time for Halloween color, spectral silhouettes, and ghostly blooms. Grow these spooky, shadowy trees and shrubs to help make your garden hauntingly seductive.

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10 Plants to Make Your Garden Hauntingly Beautiful

Blue Enchantress® Hydrangea

Lush flowers fade to vintage, cream-splashed green for a decadent decomposition. Midnight black stems carry the blooms with Miss Havisham-esque beauty.

Partial shade to partial sun. Up to 5′ tall and wide. Zone 4 – 9.

August Beauty Gardenia

Ghostly-white flowers bloom well into fall with unearthly perfection. Blossoms ooze with a bewitching sweetness as darkness falls and gleam in the full moonlight.

Partial to full sun. Up to 5′ tall, 3′ wide. Zone 8 –11.


Black Dragon Japanese Cedar

Any plant named “Crypto”meria is bound to make this list, but this particular plant has a cat-awampus branching habit that looks rather spooky in moonlight.

Partial to full sun. Up to 10′ tall, 4′ wide. Zone 5 – 9.


Winter Jewels® Black Diamond Lenten Rose

Hellebores were once used as a weapon against witches and evil spirits. In late winter to spring, the evergreen foliage is adorned by deep purple to near black blossoms.

Full shade to partial sun. 15″– 18” tall, 18″ – 22″ wide. Zone 4 – 9.


Black Satin Blackberry

Semi-erect canes make it easy to pick the juicy, deep blue-black berries, and with the fruit on a thornless bramble, this plant feels like a trick and a treat.

Full sun. Up to 8′ tall, 6′ wide. Zone 4 – 8

My Fair Maiden™ Maiden Grass

“What was that?” Papery blades rustle in the breeze at dusk, while the dense, upright habit makes for the perfect hiding place. Boo!

Full sun. Up to 8′ tall, 5′ wide. Zone 5 – 9.


Obsidian Heuchera

In gem lore, Obsidian is a strongly protective stone believed to enhance psychic power. But you don’t need a crystal ball to see this black-leaved beauty in your future.

Partial shade to full sun. 8” – 10” tall, 16” wide; blooms reach 24″ tall. Zone 4 – 9.

Green Showers Boston Ivy

Candy corn colored foliage covers this self-clinging, vigorous, vine that drops its leaves to reveal a twisty, skeletal pattern against bare walls in late autumn.

Full sun. Spreading to 50′ long. Zone 4 – 9.

Serpents Blue Chalk Fingers

Fleshy stems produce silvery-blue finger-like leaves. When mass planted, this mesmerizing succulent grabs you by the eyeballs.

Partial to full sun. Up to 2′ tall, 3′ wide. Zone 10 – 11

Sweet Autumn Clematis

If the hit of late summer fragrance isn’t too much to bear, 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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