Stunning Types of Mums to Brighten Your Fall Garden
‘King’s Ransom’ chrysanthemum
This garden gem is coated in unique pink and purple curling flowers. The mum flower's light color adds a delicate and slightly summery touch to the fall landscape. These mums are a show all on their own, but try planting with other varieties for a breathtaking floral effect.
Available in a variety of colors, pompons produce tight, round flowers. One plant can produce many small blooms. They are long-lasting in a vase, making them popular as sprays (accent flowers) in cut floral arrangements.
Mums are known for their hardy blooms and long-lasting life, but some varieties are tougher than others. Extremely weather-resistant, the hardy 'Kimie' mums grow stiff, long spooned florets in a single row around a small disk. Their bright yellow color ensures they stand out.
‘Domingo’ will tug at the attention of any garden visitors. It displays high contrast between its deep crimson petals and startlingly bright yellow center. The shape of the flower varies by region—in colder climates, the florets will reflex, or curl downward.
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This bright yellow mum looks like a firework caught mid-explosion. 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.
‘Dream Castle’ chrysanthemum
This flower is certainly worthy of a princess realm, making ‘Dream Castle’ a well-deserved moniker. Each bloom boasts densely packed dark fuchsia florets that lighten to a pinkish-purple as they get closer to the center. The center, meanwhile, is a rust orange that steps back to allow the other hues to shine.
‘Saga Nishiki’ chrysanthemum
These mums are sometimes called brush or broom types for their unusual florets. The thin orange tendrils snake outward from a yellow center, resembling a sea creature rather than something you’d find growing on land. Although other brush types exist, the striking colors of ‘Saga Nishiki’ are perfect for fall.
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‘Crimson Black Pot’ chrysanthemum
To add a bold monochrome burst of color, look no further than ‘Crimson Black Pot’. These commanding flowers are soaked in rich red nearly all the way through. They also have a slightly reflexing habit.
If you're a fan of the dinner plate dahlia, this mum variety is for you. Perfect for a container garden, this short mum plant shows off fluffy white curling florets. Although sizeable, the blooms remain upright.
‘Symphony’ belongs to a class of mums known as spider mums, but it’s music to our ears that they have nothing to do with the creepy-crawlies. Rather, it refers to the mums’ spidery, thin tendrils. This bloom features an orangey, daisy-like center—it’s like having a flower within a flower. And the bouncy, elongated florets spread out wide from the center, making this an impressive bloom indeed.
‘St. Tropez’ chrysanthemum
This two-tone mum flowers in October with just the right reddish brown and yellow color combination for the season. Incurve type mums grow as a tight, upward-curving ball, but this cultivar is an intermediate form, so its florets are looser and more relaxed. It’s also aromatic, so it’ll contribute an earthy scent to your fall bouquets.
‘Lili Gallon’ chrysanthemum
This large French variety boasts deep wine florets that curl up to reveal a surprise—silvery-gray undersides. Its uncommon colors are sure to turn heads in your flower garden.
'Ivor Mace' chrysanthemum
If you're looking for big, beautiful blooms, this variety of garden mum is for you. This prized 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.
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‘King’s Delight’ chrysanthemum
A showy, quilled bloom with a soft appearance, ‘King’s Delight’ is fit for royalty. This pink mum stands tall in the garden (about 24 inches) and can add height to your beds.
The otherworldly ‘Cisco’ offers a cheerful splash of all-over yellow and reminds us of a sea urchin. Its wispy florets identify it as a member of the thistle class, since it resembles a spiky thistle when standing upright on the stem.
‘Resomee Purple’ chrysanthemum
‘Derek Bircumshaw’ chrysanthemum
These compact, ball-shape beauties pack a punch in the garden. With a vibrant yellow color, the ‘Derek Bircumshaw’ mum is a hardy grower that can tolerate cool temps well.