Gardens are always lovely to see. The come with the range of colors and a wide variety of flowers that either embellishes the back or front side of your house. But when the fall comes, the beautiful Chrysanthemum is a better choice to light up gardens for all time. Whenever the color of gardens are looking no longer attractive and a little pale, the Chrysanthemum, where gardeners usually call it as “mums”, has always managed to perk up gardens.
There are various types and popular colors of chrysanthemums to choose from, to be planted, and to refresh gardens. Orange, yellow, purple, red, pink, bronze, and white are the examples of various colors of chrysanthemum. Meanwhile, cushion types and long, narrow petals are the instances of types of chrysanthemum.
In these recent days, chrysanthemum gains its popularity and many people want to have it as a flowering plant. Chrysanthemum is from Asteraceae (Compositae) family and known in the form of sunflowers, dahlia, zinnias, marigolds, and cosmos. When seeing how Chrysanthemum grows, you will find that there are florets that look like a single flower but actually it is formed by hundreds of flowers. Ray florets and disk florets are the two types of florets that appear as a single bloom.
Looking through chrysanthemum related to a daisy-type, ray florets are noticed as the outer parts of it and disk florets arrange the eye or the center of a daisy. You need to know when the right time to plant chrysanthemum. The late spring is suggested yet planting in the fall can also be well-managed if you always pay attention to winter protection and watering. To maximize the growth, chrysanthemum requires well-drained spot and proper air circulation.
Types of chrysanthemum
If we look at the past, chrysanthemum was once known as hardy perennials. When the past gone and is changed with present, chrysanthemum is chosen to be one of flowers that are able to plant in the home garden. Actually there are thirteen types of chrysanthemum people can grow according to The National Chrysanthemum Society. However, by Purdue University’s Horticultural Extension Office, the types of chrysanthemum have been reduced to only eight types. Each type comes in different colors, such as white, yellow, bronze, and pink.
Chrysanthemum flowers coming in small quarter in size that typically cover the cushion moms. Cushion-type chrysanthemum also has foliage that looks like bush. Garden centers are the right place to people who are looking for this type. Cushion turns to be hardy perennials if it is 6-10 inches in gardening zones.
A flat center and the petals consisting of one to five rows that spread out of the center are the characteristic of single chrysanthemums. Due to this look, the single type represents daisies. The leaves are lobed mum leaves and when they are crushed, they produce unique scent. The garden center is the right place to find these single-type chrysanthemums.
The center looking like dome is the typical of anenome chrysanthemums. There is lots of similarity related to the petals between single mums and anenome mums. Most of anenome-type chrysanthemums are hardy perennials, but it is difficult to look for them in mass retail stores. They are mostly sold at small local nurseries or online nurseries.
Like its name, pompom bears a resemblance to small pompoms seen on the end of each stalk.
Florist shop is a perfect place where you can find the spider-type chrysanthemums. Its appearance looks like spiders that have superb legs due to long, curved petals and hooks grown on the end.
On the petals, spoon chrysanthemums are marked by the small cup-like. Petals on the central flower exactly are similar to a spoon.
The petals of decorative mums are either reflex or incurved petals. It is sold both on online stores and stores in all over the country.
Quill chrysanthemums have straight and long petals that are similar to an old quill pen. Unlike the rest of types of chrysanthemums, only a small number of this type is hardy. Please ensure the tag whenever you purchase quill mums at a garden center. Adding some mulch could give a protection to the plants and do not forget to keep them during the winter.
Popular colors of chrysanthemums
Purple and pink
The dark lavender blooms fill up the garden mums of “Debonair”. They are characterized by long petals and long-lasting flowers. Meanwhile, purple plants found in “Grandchild” with a reddish-purple center and blooms formed like a ball. Single flowers that are pink seen in “Single Apricot” with look so much alike with daisies. Pink flowering species also represented in ‘Clara Curtis” of chrysanthemum rubellum.
White and yellow
The dwarf plants of chrysanthemum belong to “Sunny Morning” coming with blooms having a diameter that can reach up to 3 inches. “Target” that is categorized to the dwarf variety shows the blooms with the two-tone yellow. The yellow petals of “Dolliette” have reddish tips. Meanwhile, the white double blossoms have been found at “Sterling Silver” plants. In addition, the attractive petals complete these blooms.
“Gypsy wine” which is from the dwarf chrysanthemum plants presenting the deep red blooms. These blooms come into view near the beginning of the season, having special feature produces scent. The cut flowers can be made by using the double blooms with round shape. There are taller chrysanthemum plants known as “Maroon Pride”. It has red blooms that can be classified into daisy-like fuller or flowers, single, or double blooms.
You do not need to spend much money in maintaining chrysanthemums. Things only needed by gardeners or those who are falling in love with mums are a balanced fertilizer or mulching consisting of compost. Make sure you have these so these cultivars can grow well. When the fall comes, be ready to see a range of colors adoring your house. And with this information of types and popular colors of chrysanthemums, people can know how to choose and grow them.