Mum Plant Features
Instant impact! That's what you'll get when you put a generous helping of chrysanthemums (commonly just called mums) in your flower border or containers. Generally sold in ready-to-bloom form, mums provide a fall finale of color to any setting. They come in a wide variety of flower colors and shapes, from small button-sized blooms to giant corsage-worthy flowers. Mum colors include white, yellow, pink, orange, red, burgundy, cream, salmon, and bi-color. There are also dwarf forms that grow just 8 to 10 inches tall and standards that can reach 3 feet in height. Mums are very popular with bees and butterflies, too. Hardy from zones 4-10.
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Mum Growing Instructions
Mums are easy to grow and will last for years, but be sure to select plants that are labeled "garden mums." Varieties sold indoors at florists are generally not cold hardy and should be treated as short-lived seasonal gift plants for interior design only. Mums prefer a sunny spot in the garden with well-drained soil. Avoid locations where water stands after a heavy rain. To get the best bloom on large-flowering types, pinch off all the buds in late May. This will encourage more compact growth and additional blooms. In northern parts of their range, apply a winter mulch to protect mums from sub zero temperatures. If your mums grow too large, divide them in the early spring every two to three years. After a few years some mums may begin to weaken or die out. Add new plants every year or two to keep the fall color show going. Deer and rabbits generally avoid dining on mums.
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Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, White, Yellow
Moist, well-drained soil
Super-easy to grow
Complement your Mum with these varieties:
In the fall, the blue, pink, or white flowers of Asters look stunning planted next to the yellow, orange, or red blooms of Mums.
Mums come in so many colors and flower forms you can mix different varieties to create an outstanding garden.
Fall blooming Japanese Anemone makes a great partner for a cluster of flowering Mums.
Varieties: Our Favorites
Chrysanthemum Aubrey Orange
Aubrey Orange garden mum features delightful orange flowers that's perfect for adding a bold splash of fall color to garden beds, borders, and containers. It grows 24 inches tall and wide. Zones 5-9
Chrysanthemum Bonnie Red
Bonnie Red garden mum features rich single red flowers decorated with a festive yellow center. It grows 24 inches tall and wide. Zones 5-9
Chrysanthemum Chelsey Coral
Chelsey Coral garden mum offers something a little different -- flowers in a soft shade of coral-peach. It grows 24 inches tall and wide. Zones 5-9
Chrysanthemum Chelsey White
Chelsey White garden mum shows off bright white flowers in the middle of mum season that are a great contrast or complement to other fall colors. It grows about 24 inches tall and wide. Zones 5-9
Chrysanthemum Emberglow Orange
Emberglow Orange garden mum is a late-season variety that bears bold orange blooms. It grows 24 inches tall and 36 inches wide. Zones 6-9
Chrysanthemum Eternal Red
Eternal Red garden mum brings rusty-red flowers late in the season to fall gardens and containers. It grows 24 inches tall and 36 inches wide. Zones 6-9
Chrysanthemum Hankie Yellow
Hankey Yellow mum is a cheery variety that shows off bright yellow single, daisy-like flowers, making it a fun contrast to the more common double-flowering mum types. It grows 24 inches tall and wide. Zones 5-9
Chrysanthemum Jacqueline Peach Fusion
Compact and fun, this variety shows off bicolored double blooms of peach and golden yellow. It grows 22 inches tall and wide. Zones 5-9
Chrysanthemum Jacqueline Pink
Add bright pink shades to your outdoor spaces with Jacqueline Pink garden mum. It's an easy-care mid-season bloomer that grows 22 inches tall and 20 inches wide. zones 5-8
Chrysanthemum Jolly Cheryl Red
Jolly Cheryl Red garden mum is an easy-care, early-season variety that shows off reddish-purple flowers. It grows about 24 inches tall and wide. Zones 5-9
Chrysanthemum Nutty Fiona Bronze
Nutty Fiona Bronze mum offers long-lasting bronze-orange flowers on a tidy plant that grows 24 inches tall and wide. It's winter hardy in Zones 5-9.
Chrysanthemum Regal Cheryl Purple
Regal Cheryl Purple garden mum features delightful purple-pink flowers early in the season. It grows about 20 inches tall and wide. Zones 5-9
Chrysanthemum Sparkling Cheryl Yellow
Bold and early blooming, you'll love the sunshine-yellow flowers that Sparkling Cheryl Yellow garden mum adds to your outdoor spaces. It grows 20 inches tall and wide. Zones 5-9
Chrysanthemum Spicy Cheryl Orange
Bearing eye-catching orange flowers, you'll love the way Spicy Cheryl Orange garden mum looks in your container gardens, beds, and borders every fall. It grows 24 inches tall and wide. Zones 5-9
Chrysanthemum Sunbeam Yellow
Eye-catching and elegant, Sunbeam Yellow garden mum pairs well with reds and oranges. An early-season bloomer, it grows 20 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Zones 5-9
Chrysanthemum Ursula Lavender
Ursula Lavender garden mum features soft lavender-pink blooms early in the season. It grows 18 inches tall and 20 inches wide. Zones 5-9
Chrysanthemum Vigorelli Violet
You'll love Vigorelli Violet garden mum's bold purple flowers come season's end! A mid-season bloomer, it grows 24 inches tall and wide. Zones 5-9
Chrysanthemum Yellow Tang
Yellow Tang thrives in landscape beds and borders, as well as containers. It shows off glowing yellow flowers late in the season. It grows 24 inches tall and 36 inches wide. Zones 6-9