Plant of the Month: Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum indicum)

Commonly known as a mum, the Chrysanthemum is a hardy plant has become the standard fall flower for many gardeners in cooler climates. The mum’s ability to be winter-hardy in zones 5 and up, and, with a little extra care, in zone 4, makes it a very versatile and reliable addition to any garden. However, make sure to plant your mums in the spring to ensure that they are well-established, in order to have them survive the winter. Mums even work well in container gardening!

Mums typically are anywhere from 2-4 feet high, and are available in a large variety of different colors. Choose blooms in bright reds, oranges, yellows, purples, and pinks! Exhibition varieties of chrysanthemums can also be found in a variety of different flower types as well, but these may not be has hardy as the the non-exhibition type, so be sure to read your label to check zone hardiness. Make sure and dead head these as well so that you can enjoy a healthy plant.

Do you have any experience with mums in  your outdoor living space?


  • Susan Progen says:

    One of my favorites…finally able to grow em down here in florida..its taken me a few years to get my soil just right for my likes..also had to learn the best plants for the area.

  • Katie Hester says:

    I love mums! So many colors and varieties are available. They come back in my perennial garden every year. I keep pinching them back until the end of summer, beginning of fall so that I will have some beautiful color while everything else is fading!

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