Of course, there are Goths that garden. Since many of us seem to enjoy turning any available space we have that belongs to us into something closer to our own personal aesthetic, this is not a huge surprise. From larger gardens decked out entirely in a Goth-fitting theme (complete, possibly, with faux tombstones) to a few, wholly appropriate, flowers in pots, the world of Goth gardening is full of innovation and variety.
Now, I am not the first Goth blogger to cover this topic, so I strongly suggest that you check out the following posts:
- The Everyday Goth is herself a keen gardener, and provides plenty of inspiration for Gothlings seeking to re-vamp (heheh, that slays me) their outdoor spaces.
- At her old (now defunct) blog, the Gothic Professor has some practical advice on what a spooky type should wear whilst working in the garden.
- Offbeat Home features five beautiful black flowers.
- The Gothic Tea Society has a lovely post on how to decorate your creepy garden.
An article on Suite 101 provides the following suggestions for night gardens: " There are many garden plants that allow for beautiful and fragrant nightly strolls for the Goth with a green thumb. There are several varieties of plants that bloom primarily at night including Moonflowers, Night Phlox, Angel’s Trumpet, August Lily and Vesper Iris. Other flowers, like Tuberrose and Night Gladiolus, bloom in the day but release their fragrance only in the evening. Other plants that might add some interest to night gardens are those with silver or white leaves or fruit. This might include varieties of wormwood, Silver Thyme, Alba Eggplant, Casper or Boo pumpkins, and Fraxinella or “gas plant.”"
Black flowers are also, of course, ever popular for Goth gardens. You can buy seeds for black flowers here. There are dozens of plants and flowers whose names alone make them more than appropriate for the Goth gardener. The Mourning Bride, for example; Deadly Nightshade (Belladonna), Love-Lies-Bleeding, Blood Lily... or you could just go all Tim Burton and start on your very own pumpkin patch. Think of all the delicious recipes you could make with those pumpkins!
P.S. Several recent issues of Gothic Beauty have included a mini-series on Gothic gardening; and there is an entire section on the topic in Nancy Kilpatrick's The Goth Bible, if you would like to learn more.