Studio 5 Gardening Contributor Darin Engh gives some inspiration for creating a yard full of frightful fun.
One of the biggest materials this year is moss. Current trends use different types of moss for a variety of uses. Most of the ideas for the garden spooktacular come from Spanish moss which is a gray-green, long stringy moss, often seen hanging from trees, and Spanghum moss which is short, dense, and darker green.
Whether you’re planting plants in a witch’s head pumpkin or creating a mossy cauldron, remember a couple recommendations for the plants.
Plants grown for their pleasant perfume, bright color or attraction for butterflies are quite unsuitable for a witch’s garden and should be avoided at all costs.
• Soapwort – the bruised and boiled leaves make a lathery liquid for washing clothes and when applied to the skin this liquid will cure an itch.
• Blanket Weed aka Blanket Flower Gaillardia
• Myrtle – when grown indoors this plant brings good luck to the household. An infusion made from the leaves will make a witch more beautiful.
• Skunk Cabbage – to attract whitefly
• Moss – and slime will grow on steps that have been painted with milk
Spanish moss is great for a ghost’s garden. It can look eerie and spooky draped from fences, railings and trees.
• Dusty Miller
• White Flowering Kale
• White Pansies
• White Yarrow
• Moon Carrot
• Hobbit’s Foot
• Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick
For more information, contact Darin at Engh Garden in Sandy or online at www.enghgardens.com