How To Design A Goth Garden
Basil 'Dark Opal' is fabulously fragrant and a moody mix of purple and deep green — perfect for a goth garden!
Do you prefer moody moss over sappy sunflowers? Are you more creepy chic than cottagecore cute? Then it's time to grow a GOTH GARDEN ☠️
What Is A Goth Garden?
A modern goth garden is a style of garden design that combines traditional gothic themes of death and decay, with the brooding feel of Victorian-era romanticism. It typically features dark and mysterious elements that reflect a macabre aesthetic and atmosphere.
3 Tips For Designing a Goth Garden
1. Design For The Dark
Skip the neatly trimmed hedges and straight, formal walkways. Instead, make meandering pathways that create a sense of mystery and keep your garden visitors guessing as to where it will lead. Include plenty of hidden corners that can be accented with fountains, miniature fairy garden vignettes, or the odd bat house.
Hardscaping — solid, non-living features made of stone, metal, and concrete — can help create focal points for the eye to settle on. Antique planters and fantasy-inspired statuary accents like gnomes and gargoyles can be tucked between plants to create year-round interest even when things aren't blooming. Arches and trellises do double-duty: they frame and delineate pathways, as well as keep vining fruits and flowers off the ground.
2. Let In (Some) Light
It doesn't have to be all dark. Adding some strategically-placed lighting along pathways and near seating areas will help set the ambiance and make for a safer evening garden walk. Solar-powered lights are cost-effective and incredibly energy efficient.
3. Plant A Macabre Mood
Selecting plants with unique shapes, textures, and forms can evoke a sense of mystery and drama; think thorny plants, ornamental grasses, and shrubs with a striking shape (i.e. Curly Willow). Allow moss to take over stone benches and, if your growing climate supports it, let Spanish moss drape from tree branches.
For a gorgeous goth garden, swap neon zinnias and pastel peonies for plants in rich reds, inky purples, and deep browns. You may be surprised how many shrubs, perennials, and yes, even edible veggies and herbs, come in dark colors.
Goth gardens may be eerie, but they don't need to be restricted to just the last week in October; ultimately a goth garden is about creating an atmospheric, unconventional, and somewhat mysterious outdoor space that reflects the dark beauty and wonder of the natural world.
Heuchera 'Obsidian' thrives in part shade, is hardy in zones 4-9, and boasts rich burgundy foliage that appears nearly black.
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