I planted a skull
Every year I create a Halloween themed pot or two. This year my Halloween pot comes complete with gray matter (Sedum 'Cape Blanco') coming out of the glittery black, styrofoam skull. Before planting, I cut and scooped out a planting basin in the skull, and poked a hole through to the bottom for drainage. Scooping out a skull was an interesting exercise — I told myself several times to stop imaging the real thing.
Sometimes my imagination is too literal and since I often visualize where my imagination takes me, well lets just say — GROSS!
Using an old coffee pot for the base, I planted black mondo grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens') and Sedum 'Sea Gold' into it.
After embedding all the plants into their designated spots, I rigged up a stand for the skull using two small bamboo stakes at its base. Three stakes in a triangle would have been better for stabilizing the skull; however, as it stands now I only have to be cautious when I move the pot.
In one of last year’s Halloween containers in the image below, I planted an orange sedge (Carex testacea), pansies (Viola ‘Delta Fire’), Sedum ‘Sea Gold’ and Ajuga ‘Black Scallop’. I put the spider on a brass wire that blended in with the sedge and made it look like a spider was climbing it. Nestled in the middle was a gourd.