March 7, 2011


Don't wait until Fall to think about Mums that usually don't survive the Chicago winters.   I have a strong dislike for the annual Mums I see plopped in the garden each Fall-don't like their color, form, or how unnatural they appear.

Garden centers are sorely lacking in perennial mums - even the largest one in Chicago that I work for carries only the Korean Mum, a rather pastel color.   I ran across a great on-line Mum store in Minnesota ( Faribault Growers ) that carries cold hardy mums in the yellow and red I prefer.   They have a great selection of "novelties" and at a great prices -$2.50 each .

Above are two of my favorites.  Shipping for these mums are from Apri 10-June 15.  The time to plant Mums in Chicago is when all danger of frost is past, or around mid-to-late May.

Written by Carolyngail at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago All rights reserved


  1. Spring is definitely the time to plant mums in the Chicago area Carolyn! It's the secret to perennial mums here. I'll definitely check out Faribault's selection.

  2. Thanks Carolyn, I really enjoyed the show and I know you are correct about the mums. We are in the same situation, not a lot of room, but I will find a place for some mums that are not mauve!


  3. I thought all the gardens were lovely. Truthfully, I'd like to see some more practical ones from which visitors would be inspired to try them at home. For instance, I think it would be nice if they were to set-up some typical urban/suburban frontyards to show how they can be transformed. Also, with Chicago's great architecture , showing garden styles that go with them would be great.

  4. Gardeners really don't think about planting mums in spring. I do it each year with the ones I buy to bring inside the house. When they are no longer blooming, out they go. Come fall they are in full glory again. I am like you though.I go for the more unusual variety or color. I tire of the pom poms seen everywhere. Thanks for the reminder. Time to shop for some room brightening mums.


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