Mums, short for chrysanthemums, belong in every garden, whether it’s a few pots on your patio, a tiny balcony or a massive backyard. As soon as you see these iconic flowers, you know autumn has arrived. Mums come in every color imaginable, from pumpkin orange to sunny yellow to deep crimson, just like the falling leaves. They’re also available in an array of forms—daisy-like shapes, little puff balls, even elegant flowers with long, tubular petals or gently curving spidery ones. Plus, mums provide nectar for pollinators late in the season.
Mums look fabulous as a part of an autumn display with pumpkins and gourds in pots, or in window boxes, planting beds or at the front of borders. They’re beautiful standing alone in containers or mix them up with other fall favorites such as ornamental grasses, ornamental cabbage and kale, Montauk daisies, asters, and pansies. Truly, there’s no wrong way to display them.