From the Greek ‘chrys’ meaning golden and ‘anthemon’ meaning flower, this name was given to garden mums by the Swedish naturalist Carolus Linnaeus. The color of the original flower was yellow, but choices today range from white to burgundy. There are many sizes and shapes to choose from as well!
Mums are relatively easy to grow. They require slightly acidic soil which can be achieved by adding peat moss or sulfur. They have a fairly long blooming period, from August through November.
For the longest show, buy mums that are just budded out, but not yet blooming. Ask your local nursery for early, mid and late bloomers in different colors, shapes and sizes. Mums are perfect for pots; try hollowing out a pumpkin or gourd for a beautiful autumn arrangement to place on your front porch for all to enjoy!
About the author: Denise Meier, Tucker Hill’s very own “Flower Lady,” is an accomplished Collin County Master Gardener with over twelve years of nursery and gardening experience. With a passion for flora and fauna, Denise keeps the landscaping vibrant at Tucker Hill!