Halloween: How to Plant a Succulent-Topped Pumpkin

Today’s Halloween decorating idea comes from the YouTube channel of talented garden photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin, who is an expert on succulent plants.

Take a look for yourself, and then go out and create an amazingly beautiful Halloween pumpkin for your own front porch!

There’s also a beautifully photographed, step-by-step tutorial on creating such arrangements on the Gossip in the Garden blog, written by garden designer and author Rebecca Sweet — please click through to visit this page!

Ghost Plant is a Solid Presence in Fall Containers

Photo: gilintx, via Flickr

Since Halloween is just around the corner, I thought I’d write about ghost plant today.

I can’t remember exactly when, or from where, I acquired ghost plant, but I’ve had it for many years. And I can never be sure I’m spelling its proper name correctly, so I’m always double-checking myself on it – Graptopetalum paraguayense.

At one point during an impromptu search I performed to check the Latin name, I also turned up the information that ghost plant is only winter hardy in zones 9 and 10 (meaning it survives temperatures no lower than 20 to 25 degrees). Really? Hmmm…I’ve been growing it in containers in Atlanta (zone 7) for over ten years now. And I know we’ve had plenty of clear, cold nights when the mercury has plunged into the low teens during that time, so I think the conventional wisdom about this plant is wrong. Continue reading