Chrysanthemum is a genus in the aster family that went through a messy divorce several years ago, with most of the divorcees re-assuming their maiden names (i.e. dendranthemum, leucanthemum, etc.). For the sake of family unity, we continue to keep them listed under the more familiar name, chrysanthemum. While the world is filled with marginally winter-hardy fall garden chrysanthemum selections, we have opted for selections with good hardiness which perform better long term in the ground than in a 6" black plastic pot that gets sheared like sheep.
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Chrysanthemum prefers full sun, and moist well-drained soil with good fertility. When happy, chrysanthemum may spread via rhizomes to form a large patch. The beautiful flowers attract butterflies. After chrysanthemums are finished flowering, you may want to prune it back providing, of course, that you do not live in an area where they die back to the ground each winter. Chrysanthemum plants look great in pots, in a formal or informal perennial border, on slopes, or massed together as a groundcover. Their tight formal habit means that chrysanthemum pairs well with clump-forming ornamental grasses, malvaviscus, and other plants with a similar habit. When you're ready to buy chrysanthemum for your perennial garden, we hope you will check out our online listing of chrysanthemums for sale below.
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(aka: Leucanthemum 'Frosty') South Carolina plantsman, Ted Stephens, discovered this unusual hardy mum at a Japanese plant consignment shop a few years ago and subsequently named and introduced it to the trade. The typical chrysanthemum-shaped foliage is heavily frosted with white when the weather is cool but fades a bit in the heat of summer. The 1' tall x 3' wide clumps are topped in early fall with small pink daisies. Wouldn't it be nice if all plants were variegated? Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
Chrysanthemum 'Gethsemane Moonlight' was spotted in an old garden in Conover, NC by Janice Nicholson of Gethsemane Gardens, who subsequently named and distributed it. Chrysanthemum 'Gethsemane Moonlight' is no weakling like many of the garden mums sold today. In addition to its amazing winter hardiness, Chrysanthemum 'Gethsemane Moonlight' makes a rapidly expanding 2' tall x 4' wide clump topped, starting in early October, with large 3" bright yellow daisies. Chrysanthemum 'Gethsemane Moonlight' has been a superb, frost-tolerant performer in our trials, but give it plenty of room. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
We have been thrilled by the performance of this fascinating hardy garden mum which makes a very compact 2' tall x 3' wide clump for us. We actually see a first round of flowering on Chrysanthemum 'Matchsticks' in early July, followed by a second flowering in early October. The flowers are composed of red-tipped yellow petals with a unique spidery matchstick shape that mimics its namesake...quite striking...pun intended. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
We are very pleased to share the Plant Delights introduction, Chrysanthemum 'Snow Dome', our favorite of the new group of hybrids between garden mums and Chrysanthemum pacificum (aka: ajania). This superb selection, thanks to genetics from NC's Richard Hayes, makes an unbelievable tight dome of cutleaf, silver-backed foliage that forms a perfect 15" tall x 2' wide mound...without any pruning or pinching. The foliage is then topped in October with a blanket of small white daisies. I'd grow this superb selection even if it didn't flower...great for a small garden. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
Chrysanthemum 'Sweet Peg' has been a real winner in our trials. This vigorous-growing winter hardy mum makes an 18" tall x 7' wide patch in 10 years that bursts forth, starting in early October (NC), with 1" double lavender pink flowers, that open dark and lighten as they age for a nice bicolor effect. The flowers have proven to be extremely frost-tolerant. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
This charming garden mum appeared in our roadside garden bed about fifteen years ago, and every year I intended to get it propagated. We finally got "a round tuit," naming it after my late wife Michelle, who commented glowingly every fall when it flowered for her Halloween birthday. Chrysanthemum 'Michelle's Pink' makes a spreading clump to 5' wide in 5 years. The 2' flowering stalks are topped, starting in mid-October and continuing into November, with 2" mauvy pink (Pantone 700), slightly fragrant flowers...a real sweetheart. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)