11 Ideas for Growing Mums in Your Fall Garden

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Mum is most certainly the word. These long-lasting blooms are a must-have for any fall garden. Browse stunning varieties of perennial mums, and learn creative ways to incorporate fall garden mums into your landscape.

The Right Mum for the Right Place

Perennial mums are a key element in any fall garden. Mum plants require minimal upkeep, last for a long time, and thrive in container gardens. Available in a variety of stunning colors and eye-catching varieties, flower mums are as diverse as they are easy to care for.

Chrysanthemum 'King’s Ransom'

This mum's unique pink-and-purple curling flowers make it a garden showstopper. The mum flower's light color adds a delicate, still-holding-onto-summer touch to a fall landscape. Try planting in bulk or with other varieties of mums for a breathtaking floral effect.

Plant a beautiful outdoor fall display in four easy steps. Our editor shows you how to combine fall flowers and seasonal gourds to create a stunning window box (Hint: It looks great from inside the house, too!).

Easy Outdoor Fall Window Box

Fall garden mums aren't the only harvest plant we're crushing on. Learn how to welcome fall to your home with a window box full of autumn favorites like pumpkins and gourds. The box is completely customizable, so feel free to add a personal touch or use colors that complement your home's exterior.

Chrysanthemum 'Ivor Mace'

If you're looking for big, beautiful blooms, this variety of garden mum is for you. This show-worthy mum flower is like a ray of sunshine in your garden. Its pretty petals provide unmistakable golden-yellow fall color, while delicate curving florets add texture.

Chrysanthemum 'Whiteout'

If you're not a fan of traditional mum colors, try a neutral bloom instead. Perfect for a container garden, this short mum plant shows off wonderfully white curling florets. Although sizeable, the blooms remain upright.

Chrysanthemum 'Lava'

This bright yellow mum looks like a firework caught midexplosion. The ends of each floret feature fiery reddish-pink curls for an added pop of color. These blooms will add brightness and texture to any garden.

Transform colorful fall elements -- gourds, flowers, and baskets -- into a pretty fall front door display. Our three no-fail tips will make your outdoor decorations the neighborhood standout.

3 Tips for Your Fall Front-Door Display

There's more to outdoor autumn decor than Halloween decorations. Learn how to get a stunning harvest-inspired front-door display in three easy steps. We'll show you how to use natural elements to boost curb appeal and celebrate the season.

Chrysanthemum 'Kimie'

Mums are known for their hardy blooms and long-lasting life, but some varieties are tougher than others. Very weather-resistant, these hardy mums grow stiff, long spooned florets in a single row around a small disk. Their bright yellow color ensures they stand out. 

Mums in Containers

Growing mums isn't limited to the ground. Potted mums add a perfect pop of color to any doorstep decked in autumn decor. They can stand alone in smaller pots, enhance a window box, or mix with other fall plants. 

Create a Carpet of Fall Color

Who needs groundcover? Planting mums in a large swath helps them turn into a sea of color come fall. Try interspersing different varieties throughout for a colorful, textured look.

Create a Mix

A mum plant can round out any fall display. Mix with pumpkins, gourds, apples, and hedge balls for a space that's unmistakably autumn. Other fun accents—like a basket or bows—add a personal touch.

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