Hallowe’en has a long and complex history, originally thought to have been borne from the Celtic festival of Samhain, where people would light bonfires and wear costumes in order to ward off roaming ghosts. Whatever the history, Hallowe’en is a favourite in the holiday calendar of people of all ages!

With Hallowe’en just around the corner, it is time to start planning your parties and festivities! Why not add a few of our Hallowe’en inspired plants into the mix to make your party truly spooktacular?

Aconitum Carmichaelii ‘Arendsii’
(Monkshood)

With its surreal shape and deep violet colour, Monkshood is the embodiment of all things dark and handsome. It looks ghoulishly good when planted en masse, and the uniquely-shaped flowers can last well into the cooler months of the year. It should be said, however, that Aconitum is toxic if ingested and can cause severe skin reactions when handled, so always take care.

Acer Palmatum ‘Bloodgood’
(Japanese Maple)

Even the name invokes the spirit of Hallowe’en! This pretty acer boasts deep red leaves and is perfect for any gardener who wants a little autumn interest in their garden. It can be bonsai trained, and if planted in a container, you could bring it indoors and offset it against a deep background—perfect for your Hallowe’en celebrations!

Berberis Thunbergii ‘Orange Rocket’
(Japanese Barberry)

Truly a flame in the night! The blazing orange colour of this berberis makes it perfect if you’re looking for something a little more eye-catching. Deep red foliage turns to bright orange during autumn; perfect for the front lawn or path, perhaps with a few carved pumpkins nestled in amongst it?

Corylus Avellana ‘Contorta’
(Corkscrew Hazel)

A truly wonderful and unusual plant, this hazel would make the perfect Hallowe’en centrepiece! With its twisting and spiralling branches, there is plenty of room to decorate it with false cobwebs and spiders, or the odd hanging skeleton decoration. Plant it in a Hallowe’en inspired pot and place it on your table for the ultimate spooky vibe.

Fatsia Japonica ‘Spider’s Web’
(Speckled Japanese Aralia)

A bushy, rounded evergreen shrub which will provide interest all year. The eerie white tips of this variegated Aralia resemble ghostly hands! For the ultimate impact, place small LED garden lights at the base of the plants and allow them to shine through the foliage.

Imperata Cylindrica ‘Red Baron’
(Blood Grass)

Another plant with a suitably spooky name! This excellent ornamental grass boasts deep red tips amid bright green leaves. As the seasons progress, the tips deepen to a dark red, giving the appearance of the leaves being dipped in blood. Place some at the end of your path, or either side of your door where your guests enter…if they dare!

Lamprocapnos spectablis (Dicentra) ‘Valentine’
(Bleeding Heart)

Although not necessarily an autumn-interest plant, the bleeding heart is spookily suited to Hallowe’en for its unusual shape and the connotations of its name. You could bring these in at the end of the growing season and display them in a vase, should there be any left for Hallowe’en. Alternatively, the flower spires can be dried and displayed! They turn black or a translucent brown when dried; creepy!

Phormium Tenax ‘Atropurpureum’
(New Zealand Flax)

Another unusual addition to the garden, this deep purple-brown flax has long, flexible sword-shaped leaves which will be the perfect silhouette amongst your Hallowe’en celebrations! Allow it to droop elegantly over your path, or plant it in a container and display it with pride as a centrepiece in your garden.

Happy Hallowe’en!

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