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The Rose Chain at Parterre

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Our winter ’21 was impeccable (mild temps, not too much snow, no savage winds) and it is showing in the fullness and lushness of the flowers now blooming. At Parterre, the fact that the dramatic 80′ rose chain came into flower…

at exactly the same time that the peonies were in full bloom is cause for celebration!!

Especially as both are directly across the pebble driveway from each other in the back courtyard.

I must say I love this view of the house, with its different roof lines that remind me of a small town in Normandy.

The juxtaposition of these two flower groups provides a magnificent fluorescence of color, all shades of coral, pinks and whites in the double bed of peonies…

pairing so well with the melon orange of the David Austin multi-petalled rose, ‘Crown Princess Margaretha.’

After many years of nursing and coaxing, most of the rose “garlands” are running the full length of the chains.

To further heighten the drama (excuse the pun), the backdrop to the rose chain is a magnificent weeping beech that resides over this grassy area. In place since 2007, it is now 40′ high…and still growing.

And finally, the “cat bird seat” as I like to call it–viewing the curved expanse of the rose chain from the comfort of the Parterre Bench, cozied into the sweeping branches of the beech.

If you’re not following Private Newport on Instagram this would be a good occasion to sign on and catch the videos of the full rose chain. Click here to join us!

May you have a rosy summer…

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Bettie Bearden Pardee

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".

8 thoughts on “The Rose Chain at Parterre

  1. Beautiful, thank you for sharing. I have wanted to do something similar in Florida but would have to choose something other than roses as they are iffy in my zone. I am curious how many years it has taken the roses to grow along the chain?

    1. Many years to grow…and they’re still not quite “there” yet…part of the challenge is that a bad winter can set them back. xB

  2. Bettie, that is just breathtaking! Love your rose chain!
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful garden with us ~
    Many blessings to you!

    1. Sharing is what we do on social media…and it brings such pleasure. Thank you for your kind words. xB

  3. With those magnificent rose chains, I hereby nominate you Prettiest Residential Garden in America.
    Love what you have done, and how marvelously well you keep every thing maintained! It takes an eagle eye and dozens and dozens of hours of work each month.
    Yours truly,
    your garden groupie (LOL)

    1. My warmest appreciation for your accolades; coming from one who has a discerning for details, this means a lot. Groupie B

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