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Do you find dark plants intriguing? Could your garden use a little more mystery? A goth garden might be just your style. Check out these ideas for designing a goth garden and the enchanting elements one might include.

Enjoy this just-for-fun list of plants with spooky names…‘tis the season for ghouls and ghosts galore and orange and black décor too!

Did you know that Proven Winners® now has a program called Proven Harvest®? We are primarily a flower company, but while searching the world for ornamentals, we have found some incredible plants that produce food as well. Some of these plants are both ornamental and edible, like our Berried Treasure® Strawberries, and some are just great fruits, veggies, or herbs. Most of them are part of Proven Harvest, but some of them aren’t. Here’s a bit more about this growing collection of plants.

I get the feeling that orange is an often-overlooked color. Yellow and red, two other hot colors, seem to get better PR than orange, and that is unfortunate since orange is awesome! Whether you combine it with yellow and red to create a party atmosphere on your patio or contrast it with cool blue for a high drama planting, you’ll realize that orange is a much more flexible color than you might have thought. Here are 15 plants with orange flowers to consider for your garden.

No one wants to see summer’s splendor end, but by growing the types of plants you’ll read about here, your garden can continue to be bursting with vibrant colors well into fall. A flourishing autumn garden includes a mix of many kinds of plants including fresh cool season annuals, grasses with prominent plumes, and perennials with fantastic fall foliage. Take your pick to see what kind of natural portrait you could paint in your own garden this season. 

You can learn more about using orange in your garden in our What’s Your Color? Orange article.

 

Here are 15 Combination Container Ideas that utilize analogous colors. These colors are next to each other on the color wheel and blend well together.  There are several different sets of analogous colors to consider and a wealth of ways to combine orange with similar colors to create vibrant options for your garden.

Orange may not be the most popular color for gardeners, but don’t hold that against it. 

Knowing a bit about color theory can help you design color combinations that really stand out. One color scheme is called a  color triad. This way of combining colors uses an equilateral triangle that is put in the middle of a color wheel. Choose the color that each tip of the triangle touches and you’ll have a color triad. In this case we used a very simple, 6-color color wheel, which yields one color triad composed of orange, violet and green.

I wish I could claim this idea as my own, but it is one I learned of a few years ago when I visited the University of Tennessee Gardens in Knoxville. They had several different gardens that would surely appeal to children, including a garden gnome village and a hobbit house to explore.  However, the garden that caught my eye was the Plant Zoo. The plant zoo was planted with varieties whose names referenced animals of all kinds. Sometimes the names were specific plant names, like Tiger Lily, but others were common names like Lambs Ear. The tags in the garden used outlines of the animal in the plant name. I love the concept and I think this would be easy enough to pull off in your home garden with your kids or grandkids helping. Such an easy way to get a child interested in a garden! The plant tags the University had, might not be easily replicated. However, if you want to ID your plants, I think clip art, Sharpies, river rocks, and mod podge would allow the kids to make rock markers for your zoo garden in no time!

Studies show spending time in gardens and green spaces or directly nurturing plants, is healthy for us. In fact, hospitals often use surrounding gardens and plants in therapeutic programs. This realization also leads to another great reality; we need to plant, protect and conserve our plants and green spaces.

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