Among true gardeners, there has always been a desire to create something original and unusual in their possessions. It has become fashionable among European flora lovers to create gardens in a certain style. The Gothic style is a unique combination of old-fashioned traditions with modern achievements in the field of land design. Many people mistakenly believe that the origins of the Gothic style lie in Germany, but in fact, its birthplace is France.
Later, from this country, the Gothic style made its way to other European states. Initially, it was only an architecture style, but over time it diffused over into other areas of art and life. Gothic style is often associated with bright individuals and personalities with creative extraordinary thinking. In this article, we give you some tips on how to implement ideas for decorating a personal plot through gothic plants and decorations.
Gothic Garden Plant Varieties
Black Bachelor’s Buttons (Centaurea cyanus Cultivars)
This plant is an excellent idea for a gothic garden that looks interesting. As the name implies, the inflorescences resemble small gloomy buttons, but at the same time look pretty cute. This fast-growing annual prefers plenty of sunshine and well-drained soil. It sows itself where it is satisfied. You can choose between ‘Black Ball’ and ‘Black Magic’, but the difference is very small. They have similar appearance and the growing conditions are nearly identical.
Black Bearded Iris (Iris × germanica Cultivars)
There are more black-bearded irises than it might seem at first glance. But for a gothic fairy garden, we recommend you go for ‘Before the Storm’, ‘All Night Long’, ‘Midnight Oil’, ‘Black is Black’ and ‘Raven Girl’. All of the black and look luxurious and creepy at the same time. Just what you need to create the right atmosphere! They are quite hardy perennials, but to keep them growing well for as long as possible, plant them in well-drained soil in full sun or light shade.
Black Calla (Zantedeschia Cultivars)
Interestingly, these gothic garden plants initially gained popularity due to their snow-white flowers. But the breeders decided not to stop there and bred various dwarf varieties in a wide range of colors. Among black calla lilies, the most popular varieties are ‘Edge of Night’, ‘Odessa’ and ‘Black Star’. In warmer months, you can grow it outdoors, but with the first cold snaps, it is better to bring it indoors. The ideal temperature for them is between 60 and 75 degrees F.
Black Hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis ‘Midnight Mystic’)
Black Hyacinths are a real breakthrough in recent years and one of the modern spectacular achievements of breeders. A plant with black petals was obtained relatively recently. The first variety was officially introduced to the public in 2005 at the Chelsea Flower Show. This became a real event in the world of breeding and made an impression on the most sophisticated florists. There is a rumor that the first three bulbs were sold for almost $300,000 USD. Now, of course, the prices are more acceptable. In addition to an incredibly interesting inflorescence, the plant may give you a delightful heady scent. It grows well both in partial shade and in full sun. Needs good drainage.
Black Hoya (Hoya ciliata)
This amazing gothic flower with fluffy leaves resembles a small star in black or maroon with a yellow crown in the center. By the way, not only is the shape of the flower unusual, but so is its smell. They are said to smell like peanut butter. If you want to decorate your gothic garden with such a plant, then keep in mind that it requires delicate care. It needs a high level of humidity and abundant watering.
Black Hellebore (Helleborus Nigra)
A real goth among flowers. This evergreen perennial has luxurious deep purple flowers that appear black from a distance, hybrid hellebores such as H. x hybridus ‘Black’, H. x h. ‘Black Diamond’, and H. x h. ‘Onyx Odyssey’. The latter is especially close to black. This is a rather early plant, its flowering in many climatic conditions begins already in the middle of winter. Grows best in evenly moist soil and partial shade.
Ornamental shrubs on the site could help create a sense of pristine and natural ease. For this role, forsythia, wild rose, blackthorn are best suited. For garden trees, we advise you to give preference to apples or cherry. As for decorative trees, we advise you to pay attention to the maple, which would make for an especially picturesque addition to your garden in autumn. You can also plant spruce because conifers are beautiful at any time of the year.
Gothic Garden Decor
A gothic garden, as a rule, is small in area, but incomprehensibly creates the illusion of an endless labyrinth filled with wonders and mysteries, in which it is easy to get lost. This is facilitated by narrow, winding paths made of rough stone, stone barriers with arches, and shady nooks. The emphasized theatricality would allow you not to take too seriously the created image.
The Gothic style of design implies free space, so objects and plantings should not be crowded. Decorative driftwood could help create an enchanting atmosphere of mystery. You can buy them in specialty stores or find them right in the forest. They can be grouped in one place, creating a so-called forest wonder corner in the garden. Alternatively, you can place the driftwood at different points in the garden area, thus enhancing the overall impression of the extraordinary nature of your garden. Large mossy boulders may look no less attractive. If you have a well in your possession, then you can ennoble it with antique stone. It would be appropriate to place a swing on the outskirts of the site. Gothic garden gnomes can also be a wonderful decoration for your backyard.
The Gothic period is associated with poetry, the exclusivity of nature, and, as a result, loneliness. Therefore, this style in landscape design is best conveyed through the pseudo-abandoned place. A well-created gothic garden is a place frozen in time. It is unusually in tune with the autumn depression, painting it in mystical tones that awaken the spirit of creativity. It is easy to care for because it assumes a natural fit with minimal scissor intervention.
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