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8 Types of Chrysanthemum to Consider for Your Fall Decor

Chrysanthemums, often referred to as "mums," are popular flowering plants known for their vibrant and diverse blooms. They are a perfect addition to fall decor due to their availability in a range of autumnal colors. Here are some types of chrysanthemum to consider for your fall decorations.

1. Hardy Garden Mums (Chrysanthemum x morifolium)

Hardy Garden Mums Fall Mums
  • Varieties: There are numerous garden mum varieties available in various colors, including red, orange, yellow, and purple.

  • Characteristics: These mums are known for their hardiness and long-lasting blooms. They come in single, semi-double, and double flower forms, and they are excellent for garden beds, containers, and cut flower arrangements. When planted in the ground, these mums are perennial and will bloom continuously throughout the season. The types of chrysanthemum that are often able to be found in garden centers during the fall season are usually garden mums.

2. Cushion Mums (Chrysanthemum x rubellum)

Cushion Mums (Chrysanthemum x rubellum)
  • Varieties: Cushion mums include varieties like 'Sheffield Pink' and 'Clara Curtis,' which have delicate pink or lavender-pink blooms.

  • Characteristics: These mums have a more relaxed and spreading growth habit and are ideal for borders and ground covers. They add a softer touch to fall decor. Cushion mums are considered a floral mum, meaning that they are annuals and will only bloom once. These mums are more commonly seen in flower arrangements around the holidays and can often be purchased from florists as a gift or for indoor decoration.

3. Spider Mums (Chrysanthemum morifolium)

Spider Mums (Chrysanthemum morifolium)
  • Varieties: Spider mums have distinctive, long, tubular petals and come in various colors, including white, yellow, bronze, and burgundy.

  • Characteristics: Their unusual petal shape gives them a unique appearance. They make great focal points in arrangements and can add a touch of elegance to your decor. Also considered floral mums, they will only bloom once and then will die off. They are common to see in flower arrangements around the holidays and a rarely used in outdoor decorations.

4. Football Mums (Chrysanthemum morifolium)

Football Mums (Chrysanthemum morifolium)
  • Varieties: Football mums are known for their large, globular flowers that resemble pom-poms. They come in various colors.

  • Characteristics: These mums are often used for corsages and cut flower arrangements due to their striking appearance. They can also be a showstopper in outdoor decorations. Another example of a floral mum, this beautiful variety is most commonly found in floral shops or grocery stores around different holidays as they make a beautiful addition to flower arrangements of all kinds.

5. Quill Mums (Chrysanthemum morifolium)

Quill Mums (Chrysanthemum morifolium)
  • Varieties: Quill mums have tubular, quill-like petals and are available in a range of colors.

  • Characteristics: Their unique petal shape makes them stand out in arrangements. They can add a sense of whimsy to your indoor fall decor. These floral mums are different from the garden mums that are often found in garden centers during the fall season. They are not perennial and only bloom once, making them best for use as a part of your seasonal indoor decorations.

6. Button Mums (Chrysanthemum x morifolium)

Button Mums (Chrysanthemum x morifolium)
  • Varieties: Button mums have small, compact blooms that resemble buttons and come in various colors.

  • Characteristics: They are perfect for adding texture and dimension to arrangements. These petite mums are also suitable for container gardens. Being another type of floral mum, this charming variety is grown as an annual or often used in floral arrangements and decorations inside the home.

7. Daisy Mums (Chrysanthemum x superbum)

Daisy Mums (Chrysanthemum x superbum)
  • Varieties: Daisy mums have a classic daisy-like appearance and are available in many colors.

  • Characteristics: They provide a more informal and cheerful look to your fall decor. They are often used in garden beds and borders, though they are not perennial and should not be expected to come back in subsequent years. Being floral mums, they are more commonly put to use in indoor decorating or flower arrangements and can often be found in floral shops and grocery stores around the holidays.

8. Miniature Mums (Chrysanthemum x morifolium)

Miniature Mums (Chrysanthemum x morifolium)
  • Varieties: Miniature mums are compact and come in various colors.

  • Characteristics: Due to their small size, they are excellent for small pots, window boxes, or tabletop arrangements. These floral mums can add a pop of color to any space. They will only bloom once, unlike garden mums which will come back year after year if planted in the ground. For this reason, miniature mums are most often seen in floral arrangements or indoor seasonal decor.

Shop Types of Chrysanthemum at Bath Garden Center

Shop fall mums at Bath Garden Center

When selecting chrysanthemums for your fall decor, consider the color palette and the overall aesthetic you want to achieve. Chrysanthemums are versatile and can complement both traditional and modern decor styles, making them a popular choice for autumn decorations. Here at Bath Garden Center, we primarily carry hardy garden mums, which can be planted in the ground and grown as a perennial plant or left in their container and grown as an annual for the fall season. If you would like more information on how to grow and care for mums, check out our blog. You can also contact us with your questions. Visit us in-store to shop countless colors and color combinations today!

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