The first tip when designing a garden is to decide what the 'bones' of the garden are going to be.
|photo source - Wikipedia|
Er, uh, wrong type of bones (though a skeleton would make for some wonderfully dreadful garden art...)
I was actually referring to the large, permanent plantings that give structure to the garden, such as trees and shrubs. In your Halloween garden, you definitely want trees that give the most unwelcoming impression possible.
For those of you in the Northeast that just lost a bunch of trees in the storm, you are in luck - nothing says 'Stay Away' better than a snarled bunch of downed trees littering up the yard!
In selecting shrubs for your creepy garden, think thorns. Buckthorns, Roses (blood-red, of course!), Flowering Quince, and Ocotillo are but a few of the options available.
|the fabulously razor-sharp thorns of Ocotillo|
After you have found the most dreadful trees and shrubs possible, it is time to work on the next layer of your extra-special, gruesome garden - flowers. I particularly like those that look like eyeballs.
|Actaea pachypoda, Acmella oleracea|
When designing your one-of-a-kind, spooky garden, do not neglect the house. One of the best ways to get a neglected, abandoned feel to your property is to plant a monstrous vine right next to the house.
|Monster vine eating a building|
|'Sherman's Revenge' Kudzu |
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I hope these tips have helped you in planning your very own ghastly garden space! Have a happy Halloween, and enjoy watching all those kids try to get through your now fabulously menacing front yard to trick-or-treat!