Halloween is not just for kids anymore. Adults as well as youngsters appreciate the weird and wonderfully spooky nature of the holiday and organize get-togethers with costumed friends.
If you are having a party or a sit-down dinner for the holiday, you might want to consider using Halloween flowers and plants as table decorations. Of course, the pumpkin is the rock star of Halloween, so it will feature in most Halloween centerpieces for tables, but there are plenty of other creative options. Read on to learn more.
Halloween Table Plants
Everybody knows that Halloween colors are pumpkin orange and dark as night black, but you won’t necessarily have to select Halloween flowers and plants in these colors for table decorations. If you include a pumpkin in the display, you’re already on point.
One cool idea is to use a pumpkin as a vase to display flowers from your garden. That means that if you have a veggie garden, you can grow your own Halloween centerpiece, from vase to blossoms.
There is a trick to making these types of Halloween centerpieces for tables. You have to hollow out the pumpkins, then use plastic containers inside to hold water for the flowers. Of course, you can always use store-bought plastic pumpkins if necessary, without any plastic lining.
If you want to use plants for Halloween centerpieces, you have lots of appropriate types to choose from. Succulents work well as Halloween table plants, and many of them grow naturally in odd shapes and stubby sizes, perfect for placement in hollowed-out gourds.
Orange flowers are naturals as plants for Halloween centerpieces. This includes orange Asiatic lilies, pansies, or tulips. For something fun, grow your own Halloween centerpiece by planting a few potted pocketbook plants (Calceolaria crenatiflora). These annuals make great Halloween table plants with their pouch-shaped flowers in red, yellow, or orange, some speckled with dots.
Halloween Centerpieces for Tables
You can use anything blooming in your garden as Halloween flowers and plants if you pick a holiday-themed vase or container. Hollowed-out pumpkins and gourds are great, but that’s just the beginning.
Why not buy a plastic skull and use it as a vase? Or use a black witch’s cauldron. You can also add an entire plastic skeleton to the table or spooky candles among the flower displays.
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Teo Spengler has been gardening for 30 years. She is a docent at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Her passion is trees, 250 of which she has planted on her land in France.