Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
By the time fall rolls around, people are ready for some fun. That is why Halloween has become such a successful holiday. People are willing to spend lots of money on Halloween décor.
Celebrate Halloween in style by creating some holiday-themed, Halloween floral designs. To decorate for Halloween there are so many florals we can use. Start with basic black. There are numerous kinds of black flowers available. Throw in some black foliage, and you’re all set to create some ghoulish Halloween designs. What could be more fun?
Black-flowering pansies are very easy to find. Just look in your local garden center, and you should find what you need.
So far as other black flowers are concerned, other choices would include blackish gladiolus. Most of them tend to be blackish-red, but they display just enough black to create sensational color for Halloween.
If you’ve ever grown hollyhocks, perhaps you are familiar with the variety called Nigra, which is Latin for black. This heirloom has striking, long-lasting black blooms. Here in upstate New York the weather has turned cold, and my hollyhocks have quit blooming. In warmer parts of the country, they’ll continue flowering until winter.
Among the other Halloween florals is a black-flowering calla, known as Black Pearl. It has bewitching black blossoms with a touch of reddish-black along the edges.
As cut flowers, the scabious or pin-cushion flowers can’t be beat. For Halloween, I recommend the Ace of Spades scabious. The blooms are a very deep purplish-black. With a very long vase life, they can be saved and used as an everlasting.
For black foliage, look around in your garden. There are probably black colored ones that you can use. One of my favorites is black mondo grass. This ground cover features foot-long, grass-like leaves. Blackie ornamental sweet potato vine is often grown as a container plant. Its foliage would be a great choice for Halloween designs. The trailing plants have purplish-black, large, lobed leaves. They are just sensational for fall floral designs.
To add a tropical look to a Halloween design, use the foliage of the Black Magic taro plant. This features extra-large ultra-dark leaves that are almost heart shaped. They would be great as an accent plant in a Halloween arrangement.
In addition to black, you might want to add a touch of orange. Depending on the kind of arrangement you are making, this could be miniature pumpkins, some bright orange fall foliage, or vivid orange marigolds. After all marigolds, are one of the favorite blooms that Mexicans use for their Day of the Dead, which occurs on November 1 and 2nd.