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Dressed in Autumn Finery

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It’s the end of the growing season; time for cutting back, pulling out, bedding down. And thinking about making an arrangement with leftovers from the garden and “roadsidia” (a gardener’s term for plant material found anywhere on the road). Inspiration is to be found everywhere at this time of the year, my favorite season of all.

There are few things I enjoy more than gathering and arranging flowers. Just look at the plant list (in order of flowers pictured, left to right)…  

Plant List

 Belamcanda chinensis
Rose ‘Julia Child’
Angelica gigas
Clematis paniculata
Coleus ‘Saturn’

Everything from the  blue-gray curly leaves of kale to seed pods of the belamcanda chinensis (love that mouthful…otherwise known as “blackberry lily”) to pokeweed. Does this not say FALL? And of course the bright, blousy dahlias that are a gift to any autumn garden. Their color range is so versatile, from summer brights to the rich burnt colors of the season as well as golden yellows that lift the spirit and convey the impression of fireworks.

The container I chose is a “Fairy Tale” pumpkin with its flattened shape and deeply lobed sides known also for the shades of rawhide buffy colors that this variety can exhibit; a neutral that is anything but boring. The pumpkin is well-deserving of the statement-making cimicifuga that blessedly was just awaiting its star turn on Private Newport.


I wanted to add a bit of fun to this post for you, my friend and reader. So here’s our first flower arranging video, filmed in my mudroom amidst all my containers and garden notebooks. Hope you enjoy it!

Happy Fall!


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About Bettie Bearden Pardee

Author of Private Newport and Living Newport, garden furniture designer (The Parterre Bench), national lecturer, and entertaining expert. An honoree for the second year on "The Salonniere 100 America's Best Party Hosts", she was also the host and creative producer of "The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House".

10 thoughts on “Dressed in Autumn Finery

  1. Thank you for sharing the video and the images! Fantastic and so helpful. I just love your posts. Truly inspirational.

    With love from California,


    1. LOve hearing from you. And thanks for your kind words; that’s our first, in-house generated video. Given the response, I think we’ll be doing many more! xo B.

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