Mum’s the word! With the season changing, we love the idea of finding the perfect bloom for fall. It’s no secret that chrysanthemums are the go-to plant for fall color. But did you know that some mums live for years in the garden, while others are one-season wonders?*
KNOW WHAT YOU’RE BUYING
Check the label and select between florist and garden types. Florist mums offer bigger, often bicolor blooms in many forms, such as a quill, pompom, and spider. Garden varieties also come in numerous forms, on bushy plants that grow 1-3 feet tall. Most are hardy to Zone 5.
PLUG INTO POTS OR BEDS
Buy fully budded plants to enjoy the entire fall bloom cycle. Plant mums in containers and borders wherever you need a burst of color, either as showy potted specimens or in combination with other fall dazzlers, such as aster, kale, and ornamental grasses. Water regularly.
KEEP IT OR COMPOST IT??
Florist mums are tender- treat them as annuals and toss them into the compost pile when they finish blooming. Transplant hardy mums to the garden before the first hard frost.
For A Fall Mum Care Guide to help you with your blooming garden, check out this great guide at www.BHG.com/MumCare
*Article reprinted from Better Homes and Gardens, October 2014, pg. 92.