Many of us love to decorate for Halloween. In the United States, Halloween is second only to Christmas for money spent on holiday decor. If you want to incorporate flowers into your creepy adornments, there are lots of festive choices.
Spider mums are named for their long, curled outer petals that resemble legs. Spider mums are available in many colors, including autumnal shades of red, yellow, and bronze. These unusual chrysanthemums would make a perfect backdrop for a little artificial spider.
Chartreuse button mums are known for their bright, apple green blossoms. They bring to mind the color of slime, or maybe the skin tone of Frankenstein’s monster. Button mums have petite flowers (about one inch across) that grow in clusters that are ideal for floral arrangements.
Traditionally a symbol of death, black roses are a classic Halloween staple. Some roses are dyed black by the florist. Others are a very deep, rich shade of burgundy. Rumor has it that a true black rose grows in Turkey or Tibet. Regardless of the origin of the black rose, the haunting meaning has been the same for hundreds of years. Black roses are especially spooky when they are dried and used in floral arrangements.
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Blood red lilies are another great choice for eerie decor. If you can find red tiger lilies, the spots on the petals will resemble drops of blood. The large, gracefully curved flowers will be a stunning focal point for a Halloween bouquet. Try draping artificial cobwebs over these crimson beauties for a stunning showcase.
Many of us think of yellow blooms when we think of sunflowers. Actually, sunflowers also grow in brilliant shades of red, orange and rust. These classic autumn hues are a bold addition to your Halloween arrangement. The individual, wavy petals on sunflowers often resemble little flames. Sunflowers are another flower that have a haunting look when they are dried.
For a truly unusual focal point in your decor, consider bromeliads with their tall stalks of spiky leaves. Many bromeliads feature bright red leaves that will blend seamlessly with your most fantastic Halloween decorations. These unique, low-maintenance houseplants will live well beyond the fall season and add a brilliant touch of color to your home.
Don’t forget to accent your Halloween flowers with extra touches like autumn berries. Pyracantha and St. John’s wort berries are two bright, colorful options. Mini pumpkins or gourds (fresh or faux) also make fun additions to your spooky blooms. Whatever flowers you choose, have fun and Happy Haunting!