Think of the word “mum.” In your mind you’re probably seeing images of basic pom chrysanthemums, like the shrubby ones that have flowers in fall shades of orange, yellow and red. These “garden” mums are cheap nursery finds and can be tossed after the first hard frost kills them. Yes, those types of mums are well loved (and widely used), but did you know that garden mums aren’t the only kinds of chrysanthemums that you can grow? These fall-blooming perennials are extremely resilient and easy to grow, making them the perfect fit for any kind of gardener. Mums aren’t just for setting on your stoop in the fall, they’re the perfect bedding plants. While they have the semi-bad reputation for simply being basic and boring, mums are anything but.

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