In the spirit of Hallowe’en (which is only a few days away), we’ve compiled a list of indoor and outdoor plants that our staff consider spooky for one or many reasons! If you’re looking for a little Hallowe’en inspiration, then peruse our staff picks and get inspired (or frightened!).

Anna’s Pick: Ghost Fern

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The name says it all with this popular shade perennial. It has soft, finely-dissected fronds that emerge a stunning silver-white colour that gradually fades to an eerie, pale green colour as the season carries on. It serves as an excellent contrast when planted in front of taller plants with dark foliage. Like many ferns, it requires a shady area to grow. It can be expected to grow around 90cm tall and 45cm wide.

Bernice’s Pick: Croton

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Crotons are popular houseplants, and they often have unique venation that appears in a variety of decidedly fall-themed colours — yellows, oranges, and reds. These colours show up vibrantly against their otherwise dark green, glossy foliage. Though not immediately spooky-looking, they have a decidedly alien look to them (likely because they’re a tropical plant we aren’t accustomed to seeing this far north). Since it is a tropical, ensure it is kept indoors in the winter. Crotons prefer moderate to high-light areas and require regular waterings.

Brenda’s Pick: Guzmania Bromeliad

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Speaking of tropical plants, Bromeliads that fall into the Guzmania genus are another rather striking and alien-looking plant. These plants possess broad, lily-like leaves and bright flowers that appear in the very centre of the plant. Many of these plants have new leaves that appear dark red, making the plant look as though it is stained with blood, even more so if the cultivar has white variegation on the leaves. Guzmanias require high-light locations and should be watered in the centre of the plant. They need consistently moist (but not waterlogged) soil, so don’t let them dry out!

Devin’s Pick: Weeping Nootka False Cypress

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Customers often visit our nursery in search of a tree that is interchangeably called a “Hallowe’en Tree” or a “Ghost Tree”. They are always referring to the Weeping Nootka, a beautiful specimen tree with dark blue-green evergreen foliage that hangs off of limber, bowed branches. The appearance of a mature tree lives up to the nicknames – it looks like a hulking, drooping ghastly figure. The effect can be magnified by using white or yellow backlighting, which at night creates a downright frightening shadowy presence. Weeping Nootkas can be expected to grow around 10m tall and 6m wide.

Irene’s Pick: Polly Alocasia

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These positively beautiful and exotic tropical plants have ultra-dark green glossy leaves with bold greenish-white venation. The leaves are incredibly unique and look rather creepy – their unusual shape almost looks like an oblong mask or perhaps something you’d see growing at the bottom of the ocean. These plants should be kept indoors in the winter, and prefer locations with high ambient light levels. They do not like direct sun, however: place them in a bright room but far from sunny windows.

Lorrie’s Pick: Primal Scream Daylily

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The name suggests an overt horror theme, but the blooms on these daylilies are an incredibly vibrant orange-red colour. As daylilies, they are low-maintenance and have a long blooming time from early summer to fall. Fully-formed, the flower heads are often 7-8 inches wide. They can be expected to grow around 60cm tall and wide.

Sylvia’s Pick: Lion’s Mane Japanese Maple

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If you’re looking for an unusual Japanese Maple, the Lion’s Mane is an excellent choice. Also referred to as ‘Shishigashira’, this small tree has dark green, rather curly leaves arranged in unusual whorls on upright, compact branches. It is a beautiful, slow-growing architectural plant. Though compact, the branches bend in slightly unpredictable ways, often making a tree whose leaves have fallen off appear rather gnarled and ancient. Combined with clever backlighting, it can have as imposing a presence as the Weeping Nootka. It can be expected to grow around 3m tall and 2m wide.

Honourable Mention: Rex Begonia

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It’s hard to believe that these plants are begonias, but it’s true! Though no staff member selected this as their favourite, everyone has been enthused about the otherworldly Rex Begonias in our greenhouse. They have dark plum ruffled leaves with irregular silver bands and pale yellow flowers.

Looking for other fall or Hallowe’en inspiration? We still have plenty of pumpkins, straw, and fall plants available; call us for full availability and pricing.