I may get called an “experienced gardener” but I’m no plant snob and I actually prefer the more common plants. They’re usually cheaper and easier, and I like trying to use them in unique ways. Plus, if they’re annuals, like most mums, I get to try different ones every year. And as the season winds down, mums are just soooo colorful. Check out these examples of mums used in fun ways.
I asked Behnkes’ Sissy McKenzie about mums and she advises buying them NOW for the best assortment of colors, sizes and bloom types. Colors available include red, yellow, lavender/pink, bronze, and more.
Sissy’s Design Tips for Mums
Mums are the divas of the fall garden! They can be mass planted to make a colorful edge to any garden. They can be used to accent a flower bed or to set on a door step for a brilliant show of color. They also make wonderful companions to your fall decorations, adding color around pumpkins, corn stalks, gourds – they add great texture and color to any decorations. Mums also make excellent container plants, decorating your deck, front porch or pool area.
Sissy’s Mum-Growing Tips
Mums are a full sun plant, so remember at least 6 hours of sunlight is important to the health of your plant. Mums need to be regularly watered and feed once a month to keep their leaf color.
by Susan Harris