Ghostly-Grey Plants for Autumn

I love using grey elements in flower arrangements any time of year, but when fall and frost and Halloween are approaching, grey seems particularly appropriate. Colors glow in the presence of grey, but why not go for the ghost with an all-grey planting or bouquet...

1. Has anyone ever had or seen Chrysocephalum apiculatum? It is listed as a hardy Australian native plant, so I'm not too surprised I've never seen it. I love making little grey and yellow arrangements, so this plant would be perfect. Isn't it cute?

• I've mentioned my love of grey & white bouquets before — the flowers in this little arrangement are white sweet peas, but the real stars are the green-grey seeded eucalyptus and fuzzy grey dusty miller. Dusty miller has lovely ornate swirls and makes colors pop like nothing else. Seeded eucalyptus is easy to come by in San Francisco (I often find pruned limbs on the sidewalk, and snip off a branch or two to take home) and smell so good, especially if you prefer savory scents to floral ones.

• The ghost fern is the specimen I would most like to add to my fern collection. The silvery grey, purple veins, and green shadows all add up to one hauntingly beautiful plant.

Lamb's ear sounds so innocent and cuddly (and it is), but its blue-green-grey haze is perfect for a spooky all-grey bouquet, or in a wreath that works well into winter.

• Finally, we have artemisia, a favorite. There are so many varieties- this one is "seafoam artemisia" which I've never grown, but the description sounds wonderful. I grew artemisia absinthium for awhile, and it was so lovely and frothy.

Images: 1. Tess Wilson for Apartment Therapy 2. Park's Wholesale Plants 3. Apartment Therapy 4. Sunnyside Gardens 5. Michelle Gervais for Fine Gardening 6. A&M Growers 7. Mallee Native Plants 8. Wyoming Plant Company