When we think of Halloween, pumpkins and gourds are typically our ‘go-to’ decoration. However, there are numerous plants that not only make strange and scary decorations but look striking on a windowsill too. Whether black, thorny, aptly named, or carnivorous, there are flora for any creepy theme. Here are some of our favourite plants that will ensure you are the spookiest looking house on the street!
Plants for inside on the windowsill:
Zamioculcas zamiifolia ‘Raven’
Its distinctive dark glossy foliage sets it apart from the other cultivars of Zamioculcas. Its striking look will not only make impact, but it is also extremely modest maintenance too. It is ideal for homeowners who tend to forget to water.
Dionaea muscipula (Venus’s fly trap)
A sunny windowsill is the perfect setting for Venus fly trap plants. They not only look the part, but their carnivorous nature makes them scary too! They are one of few plants that can move to catch prey – using their toothed, modified leaves to stap around insects and spiders that land on the inner leaf surface. Mist often to increase humidity and never feed your plant – it gets all its nutrition from its prey – we’re getting goosebumps just thinking about it!
Fittonia ‘Skeleton’ (nerve plant)
Fill your house with Fittonia ‘Skeleton’ is commonly known as a nerve plant for good reason – Its blood red veined leaves will not only look spooktacular, but they will also be sure to make your house guests nervous. Prefers medium light and never allow the soil to go dry.
Sansevieria (Mother in Law’s Tongue)
It is not only easy to grow but it is tough and near indestructible. Despite its tough nature it is still stylish, simple, and loved by interior designers. Aptly named for its strong, dagger-like leaves that will create the perfect Halloween feel.
Chlorophytum comosum (spider plant)
Scary in name, but not in nature, spider plans are considered one of the most adaptable of houseplants and the easiest to grow. They self-propagate too so you can repot all the spider babies that grow in late summer ready for an eerie spectacle. Another great plant for beginners. It likes bright but indirect sunlight, so it is perfect for rooms that get plenty of autumn sun for Halloween vibes all day (and night) long.
Plants for outside on the windowsill:
If you are looking for plants suitable for outside on the windowsill or for that pot on the porch, try a mass of clump forming, black, large-leaved Heuchera ‘Obsidian.’ Rounded, purple-black, glossy leaves which bear sprays of white flowers in late spring. It would look even ghostlier when planted with black Mondo Grass!
Imperata cylindrica ‘Rubra’ (Japanese blood grass)
Cause a scene by emulating blades of blood with a pot of Japanese blood grass. The tips turn red in autumn, making the grass look like it’s been dipped in blood. Alternatively, Phormium ‘Crimson Devil’ is just as unnerving, as is Uncinia rubra ‘Everflame’ – a striking grass which will add height to your disturbing display!
While we love a good plant, wooden windows and doors are more our speciality. If your windowsill is looking scarier that your Halloween decorations maybe, it’s time for an overhaul? As professional joiners, we can either repair or replace windows. Just let us know what you need, and we’ll do the rest.