All about Fall Mums

All about Fall Mums

Looking for tips on how to buy, plant, and grow your Fall mums?  Fall decorating has never been easier and more fun with the colourful variety of Fall mums that can be planted in your garden or added to a container for a Fall landscape or interior decorating.  September is the time of year when you will see a wide variety of Fall Mums here at Seaway Farms.

Some tips and ideas for gardening with mums

What is the difference between the mums you grow in the garden or grow in a container? 

Chrysanthemums, sometimes called mums or chrysanths, are flowering plants of the genus Chrysanthemum in the family Asteraceae.  There are two main types of mums – The Hardy Mum & the Florist Mum.  They both come from the original flower that was first grown in China, with hybrids of both now available. 

Florist Mums  have a larger flower and a variety of styles of blooms and are typically grown in the greenhouse and sold in pots during the Fall season.  These can be enjoyed displayed in their pots outside during the Fall but if you want to keep them, they need to be taken inside during the cold winter months.  They do not have the root system to survive a harsh Canadian winter, but may survive in a summer garden.

Garden Mums have a smaller flower and a root system that when planted and cared for properly can come back year after year.

If you want to have mums planted in your garden to come up everyone year, consider planting them in the Springtime when the roots have a chance to establish.  Make sure to mulching and pinch to encourage compact growth and blooming.  You may even see a few blooms in the print before you pinch them for fall flowers.

Beautiful arrangement of typical for Fall and Thanksgiving pumpkins, mini pumpkins and red, yellow and pink fall mums in front of country old wooden home used as background

Gardening Tips


Well- drained soil is best.  Make sure they are located somewhere they can get about six hours of sunlight. If your ground is wet, or clay-based, consider a raised bed with compost added to dense soil.  Soil needs to be at least 8-12 inches deep.

Landscape Design

  • Consider ornamental grasses or dark green foliage as a background when planting or arranging containers of mums.  This offers a colour and texture contrast that will help your colourful mums stand out in the Fall.
  • Mums are perfect for mass plantings because of the mounded look and stunning bloom cover that they offer. 
  • Choose the best colour to complement your garden landscape, and limit it to only 1 or 2 colours.


Trim previous year’s stems when spring growth is visible.  Make sure to water regularly to avoid any wilting or leaf browning (which is bad).  Water from the bottom to avoid the foliage from getting too wet which can encourage disease.  After planting in the Spring, fertilise with a 5-10-10 fertiliser. 

Decorating with Mums

Fall containers are a great way to add colour back into your garden after the summer flowers come to pass.  Place mums on a stairway entrance, in an arrangement near a garden bench, or as a window box.  If your fall flower arrangement is near an outlet, add a few strings of white lights to brighten up the early fall evenings.  Bring the vibrant colours of mums to enhance the interior design of your home or business.  Create an arrangement of flowers for a table centrepiece, on a fireplace mantel, or on a shelf in your window.  Be creative with containers!  Use a hollowed out pumpkin as a container and add your favourite colour of mums.  At Halloween, they would look nice in an arrangement with your jack-o-lantern at the front door.

Fall Mums on a Windowsill

A window gives a beautiful backdrop to the vibrant colours of the Fall Mum.

For more indoor and outdoor DIY decorating ideas for Fall mums and flowers, see our Pinterest BoardFALL GARDENS