With its bold combination of burnt orange and midnight hues, this seasonal arrangement is "as festive as a bowl of Halloween candy," gardening editor Tony Bielaczyc says.
To re-create it, start with the privet; its woody stems offer good interior support. Then work in the bittersweet, the petal-free echinacea, and finally, the gerbera daisies and the ornamental peppers. Trim some of the stems so they stand upright, and let others drape dramatically over the side of the vase.
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The tapered shapes of these fruits add an interesting element to any arrangement. Look for them at farmers' markets and vegetable stands.
Simply pull off the petals to achieve this look: the seed heads glow like embers and last well over a week.
The wide, broad shape of these easy-to-find flowers balances the smaller, rounded fruits and seed heads.
These fruits, sold at farmers' markets, can last for weeks. To prevent seeds from rooting and going wild, dispose of them carefully.
This hardy shrub bears deep-blue-black fruits in fall. They're found at farmers' markets and specialty flower shops. To give the fruits luster, gently buff with a cloth.