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.
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