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Darkness Falls: Forget the Fake Halloween Cobwebs: These Plants Will Set a Moody-Even Spooky-Tone on Your Porch for Fall

Magazine article Sunset

Darkness Falls: Forget the Fake Halloween Cobwebs: These Plants Will Set a Moody-Even Spooky-Tone on Your Porch for Fall

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IN A TANGLE

Harry Lauder's walking stick (CoryIns avellano 'Contorta') stars here, its dormant bony form on full display. Greenish yellow catkins will soon dangle from the tree's twisted branches, followed by a covering of bright green leaves in spring and summer. The supporting cast, from top: a wispy 'Little Prince' Corokia cotoneaskr, a rosette-shaped 'Blue Glow' agave, and a Heuchera 'Plum Pudding'.

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KALEIDOSCOPIC COLOR

It's hard to pick a best moment for Berberis thunbergii 'Orange Rocket', whose spring foliage starts out coral, ages to green, and then turns red. But the two-toned nature of its autumn habit is something spectacular. In this faux-aged terra-cotta pot, the barberry rises above a green and coral pork and beans stonecrop (Sedum x rubrotinctum) and a parrot's beak (Lotus maculatus), which dangles its soft stems over the edge.

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THE UNDEAD

These wire netting bushes (Corokia cotoneaster) only look half-dead. The New Zealand natives, known for their zigzagging branches, actually thrive in pots. They hold their structure year-round, sending out a flush of star-shaped yellow flowers in spring. …

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