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MumsThe hardy varieties of chrysanthemums are as well-known a part of fall as are football games and apple picking. Mums are a favorite container plant, and they also work well as large perennials in bed and borders. These vibrant, low-maintenance plants start blooming in late summer and welcome autumn in bright and jewel tones.

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Most Popular Colors: Red, gold, orange, purple, white.

Blooming Season: Late summer and early fall.

Soil Preferences: Well-drained, moderately fertile, sandy soil is best.

Climate Preferences: Garden hardy mums are can be wintered over in most of the U.S. Some varieties of exhibition mums may not survive winters outdoors.

Sun Exposure: Partial shade to full sun.

Landscaping Tips: Mums bloom just as other flowers are starting to droop and fade! Mums make for a wondrous fall garden.

Planting: Mums should be planted in the spring, and allowed to become established though the summer. Space the plants 3 to 4 feet apart and water in well. Mums grow in tight clumps, so consider using them as border flowers or in the corners of beds. These also make excellent container plants - you can move them to the front of the home during fall, and keep them elsewhere when they're not in bloom.


  • Some varieties require pinching back growth before the blooming season to encourage large blooms.
  • Most mums are fairly drought resistant, but water them during longer dry spells.
  • Visit the website of the National Chrysanthemum Society of the United States for more information!

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