13 Creative Ways to Decorate with Mums for the Best Fall Display on Your Block
Mix and Match Your Mums
Mixing mums with other plants that offer different colors and textures in your fall container gardens will give you an appealing arrangement that keeps the eye moving. Cheryl Spicy Orange mums mingle nicely with the magenta spikes of ‘Caracas’ celosia, purple ‘Viking’ asters, trailing English ivy, and bittersweet for a fall display that's packed with vibrant color.
Set a Color Theme With Mums
In this mixed fall arrangement, soft pink ‘Calisto’ mums look especially bright against the dark green and purplish leaves of ‘Redbor’ and ‘Red Russian’ flowering kales. Magenta-flowered ‘Viking’ asters and ‘October Daphne’ sedum spilling over the side echo the pink color theme. The combination of pinks and purples is also a refreshing change from the traditional red, yellow, and orange arrangements often seen in fall.
Contrast Colorful Mums with Rustic Metal
Create this pretty front entry look for fall by making these simple metal pot covers for your mums. Measure the height of the pots your mums are in, then add one more inch to that. With gloves and safety glasses on, use a circular saw with a metal-cutting blade to cut a corrugated steel roof panel ($12, The Home Depot) to that height. For the length, make sure your sheet is long enough to wrap completely around the container with 2 inches of overlap. Curl the metal into a cylinder and use a 1/8-inch metal/steel drill bit in a power drill to make pilot holes every few inches through the overlapping section. Then add a rivet to each hole with a rivet gun ($25, The Home Depot) to secure the ends. If you want to achieve varying heights for an interesting grouping, place your potted mum on top of an empty, overturned pot before measuring and cutting the metal.
Go Monochromatic with Your Mums
Play with Different Sizes of Mums
When displaying several single mums in pots, try using varying container types and sizes. This dynamic display uses a very large pink mum in a galvanized tub as a dramatic centerpiece, set off by smaller pink and white mums in terra-cotta containers and baskets. An assortment of ornamental kale, pumpkins, and gourds tucked among the mums helps to unify the whole grouping.
Pair Mums with Grasses
Because mums are so showy on their own, they work well with less flamboyant partners like ornamental grasses. Together, they make an even bigger visual impact. Here, the tasseled purple fountaingrass (Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’) adds height, texture, and just enough color to contrast with vivid magenta chrysanthemums in a classic terra-cotta pot.
Use Mums as Both Accents and Centerpieces
Add Seasonal Color with Mums and Gourds
A simple arrangement of mums and gourds by your front entry makes for a beautiful celebration of fall's colors. To make mums the star on your porch steps, pick pumpkins and gourds with paler hues because they’ll add texture without competing for color.
Mix Plants in the Same Color Family
Give your fall window boxes a burst of color with mums and other seasonal plants in similar hues. Multi-colored cabbages with dark leaves and pink centers harmoniously complement the mums in this window box. A bountiful harvest of white gourds and small pumpkins enhance the whole effect.
Make Casual Arrangements for Easy Fall Color
Place Potted Mums in Hollowed-Out Pumpkins
For a fun fall display, drop potted mums into carved pumpkins and arrange in a row or in groups on ledges and steps to welcome guests to your next autumn get-together. You could even combine your pumpkin-potted mums with Halloween decor by placing them in painted pumpkins. If you need the display to last longer than a few days, opt for a faux pumpkin ($12, Target), shown here.
Display Mums in Vintage Finds
If you happen to have an old bicycle around or can pick one up cheap at a garage sale or thrift store, use it to show off a bunch of colorful fall mums. Attach baskets using hooks or wire to hold the plants. Try other vintage containers or finds to display plants for a truly unique, rustic look.