October 15, 2013
Just as the changing colors in nature signal the arrival of autumn, so do the appearance of beautiful flowering mums. Today I'm at Pine Hills Nursery enjoying their colorful fall mums. Adding fall mums, which is actually short for Chrysanthemum, is a stress-free way to add color to the fall landscape. It's easy to see why as there will be more flowers than you could possibly count. The selection of colors can almost seem limitless, from rustic earth tones to bright and cheery pastels. There are also a wide variety of sizes available from 4 inch pots all the way up to 1 gallon and bigger. Choosing fall mums in full flower will have an instant impact for any autumn get together or event. I like to select plants that still have tight buds and are just starting to show color. This increases the period of showy display as the buds begin to open in the garden. Always place mums in a spot that receives full sun; this will ensure the absolute best flowering. And never let your fall mums wilt. This is the quickest way to end the flowering show as the plants will be slow to recover. One of my favorite ways of using fall mums is in containers in the landscape. I select a large plant and simply place the plant, container and all, into a beautiful decorative pot. That way there is no need to remove and replant from the original container. Adding fall mums to your landscape will create a color splash for you to enjoy during the cooler months of the year. I'm Gary Bachman for Southern Gardening.