Saturday, November 19, 2011

Goth Garden Guide

Gardening runs in my family, unfortunately, I have a thumb to match my wardrobe. Either I don't have the patience or I'm not careful enough with my flowers, but everything I plant seems to come to a bitter end. Still, that doesn't stop me from longing after a garden of my own. Not that this garden is full of pink peonies and yellow daffodils, as you could probably guess. No, my idea for a perfect garden is a bit...darker.


Our inspiration as goth gardeners will be multi-faceted. I'm thinking black flowers, cathedral-like details, wrought iron, interesting garden fixtures, dashes of white, red, and purple in the flower beds, big trees for shade. Basically, it's where you wouldn't mind risking a bit of a tan on a summer's day. Of course, I couldn't guarantee that this garden could exist, due to plant's tolerance for temperature, light, etc. being so varied, but it's fun to plan anyway.

We'll start with trees. Imagine them as the backdrop, a place to group your other plants around. A place to fit a stone bench under so that you can sit in the shade and admire your handiwork. A place to hang lights at Halloween time and to take cuttings from for centerpieces inside your home. For a Goth Garden, these trees might be:

Purple Plum Tree

Weeping Willow Tree

Maple Tree (During the Autumn)

Dawyck Purple Fagus Sylvatica

Next, vines, grasses, bushes, and shrubs. These are the second layer to your garden, providing texture and depth. They draw attention away from the plain grass they grow on and toward your carefully sculpted bed of flowers. These would be :


Britt Marie Crawford

Black Leaf Sweet Potato Vine

Black Mondo Grass

Black Magic Elephant Ear

White Rose Bush

Fruits, Vegetables, and Berries are up next. Have you, lately, been wanting to try out new recipes and do some Gothy cooking? It would be awfully nice if your garden could help you out there, wouldn't it? Take a look at these:

Black Prince Chili Pepper

Bing Cherries

Red Romaine Lettuce

Black Cherry-heirloom Tomatoes

Blackberry Bush

Dark Opal Basil

Flowers, of course, are the main event. They add the most color, the most excitement to your garden, so stock up on some of these essentials:

Black Bachelor's Button


Black Forest Calla Lily


Black Bat Flower


Zorro Pansy

Black Iris

Black Hollyhock

Black Dahlia

Decorations, as if the garden itself wasn't enough:


Roman Corinthian Capital Architectural Table from Design Toscano - 700USD
Vampire Blood Cross Statue from Skymall - 60USD

Crescent Moon Vampire Bats Metal Weathervane from Amazon - 75USD

Argos Gargoyle Sentinel Sculpture from Design Tuscano - 129USD

Greenman Wall Plaque from eCrater - 16USD


Tombstone Fog Machine from Costume Shopper

Zombie Garden Statue from Myth and Legend Collectible - 115USD

9 comments:

  1. I absolutely love this.
    I love gardening, i've got a bunch of seeds for a gothy garden.
    Some foxglove, bleeding hearts etc.
    :)

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  2. I had a garden box for a while, but as stated above, it didn't last long. Maybe with some practice I can grow something. I wonder how bleeding hearts would do here...

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  3. Oh, these are gorgeous!! I'll try and incorporate some of these in my garden next spring. :)

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  4. I have Blackberry, black mondo grass, black magic elephant ear, and black forest calla, they are too beautiful!

    You gave me some nice ideas for pot decoration, that bat moon weathervane is really awesome!

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  5. TOMBSTONE FOG MACINE? HOW ODD. WHERE CAN YOU GET A CHEAP DRY ICE MACHINE FROM? NOW, I'D LOVE A DRY ICE MACHINE IN MY BACK GARDEN. ALONG WITH SOME OF THE FABULOUS GOTHIC GARDEN ACCESORIES HERE IN THIS POST. WOW, THAT IS SOME COOL STUFF. WISH I COULD AFFORD TO LIVE IN A GOTHIC HOUSE NEXT TO A CEMETERY. WITH THE ENTIRE GOTHIC HOUSE ALL SPROOSED UP WITH GOTHIC ORNAMENTS

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  7. Oh how sweet! Black flowers? Tomb stones? Totally my dream garden!

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