Yes, it’s Autumn and nothings says fall like Mum’s. Chrysanthemums, that is. You needn’t look
far. With nearly 40 species and a wide range of shapes and colors, they are everywhere. These lively flowers originally from East Asia are a hardy happy sign that cooler weather doesn’t have to shorten the life of your garden. Gardeners will frequently tell you that if you want to make a big statement, there’s no better way than with mums.
While mums appear later in the year the best time to plant them is in the spring. You’ll find them available as annuals or perennials. Note that annual fall plantings leave the longevity of your blooms tentative at best. While spring planted annuals will guarantee you marvelous colors each fall. Another distinction to be aware of when it comes to mums is the difference between Florist mums and Hardy mums. Florist mums are a hybrid and are less likely to do well in the garden. Lastly, while mums flourish in a cooler weather, they still require a good six hours of sunlight each day.
Growing and Pinching Mums
Young spring mums will require some pinching to encourage branching and more blooms. Learn more about how to make the most of these fall favorites here.