November Flower: Chrysanthemum

This fall season brings an abundance of mums! Whether you prefer your Chrysanthemum (MUM) flowers inside or out, there are multiple options on how to thoroughly enjoy these flowers!

According to Better Homes and Gardens, because of their tight, mounded habit and stunning bloom cover, garden mums are perfect for mass plantings. To get the maximum effect from far away, stick to only one or two colors. Another possibility is to arrange a gradual transition of related colors. Look around your yard to see what colors would best complement the existing landscape. If you decorate for fall with pumpkins and gourds, choose orange, bronze, yellow, and creamy white mums. If you have a lot of evergreen plants that provide a backdrop of varying shades of green foliage, try bright pinks, lavenders, pure whites, or reds. With such bold colors, a large grouping of mums can excite even the most drab of fall landscapes.

Garden mums also make great container plants. They’re just right for popping into a clay pot, lining up in a row in a window box, or placing in the center of a mixed container with trailing foliage plants all around.

Commonly called “mums” or “tansies”, this popular perennial’s name comes from the Greek chrysos (gold) and anthos (flower). The Chusan daisy became the “pompom chrysanthemum” — so called because in France, where it was first grown, it looked like the pompons on sailors’ hats. Chrysanthemums had been cultivated in Chinese gardens for more than 2,500 years before first being exhibited in England in 1795. Brought by visiting Buddhist monks, the chrysanthemum arrived in Japan in AD 400.

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