Summer has arrived! I hope you are enjoying the warm weather and your gardens bursting with all of the colors of the season. I enjoy taking in the sights and smells of our garden beds while our pollinator friends come to visit! Have you begun thinking about perennial mums?
Once the weather turns cool and summer blooms begin to fade, however, we will begin to see Autumn’s arrival as mums appear on shelves at garden centers and supermarkets. Late-blooming mums add a diverse array of bright colors and flower shapes and sizes to add natural decoration to the Fall season. I love seeing mums during this time of year, but I much prefer Perennial varieties over the Florist pot mums we tend to see on store shelves.
Perennial Mums vs Florist Mums
Do you know the difference between Florist pot mums and Perennial mums? The florist mums are grown year-round but typically show up on grocery store shelves in the Fall. Shoppers often use them as gift plants for autumn decorating. Florist mums don’t produce underground shoots and are best-suited for the indoors–usually flowering for 3-4 weeks before dying.
Perennial mums are hardy from USDA Hardiness Zones 4-9 and return each year to add color interest to gardens and yards during the Fall months. The obvious benefit to planting perennial mums is there is no need to throw them out after they die and then pay to replace them year after year!
Rozanne and Friends® offer a terrific line of Perennial mums: the Dendranthema Igloos! Igloo Mums are much more than their fun, frosty name. This mum family of varieties is a hardy, quintessential autumn garden addition. It’s no wonder that these are some of my most popular friends right now! Plenty of internet users have been browsing our Igloo Mums page lately because a fall garden is basically remiss without some burnt orange Igloo Mums ushering in ultimate fall vibes.
Meet The Igloo Mum
Since people are so rightfully curious about these beautiful blooms, I figured I should formally introduce you! Professionally known as Dendranthema, an Igloo Mum is a little different than her other garden mum sisters. Unlike her kin, she can withstand some cold weather, hence her icy moniker.
Igloo perennial mums were specifically developed by breeding traditional garden-type chrysanthemums with the perennial “Sheffield”-type mum, which has great garden hardiness (-30 degrees F), making the Igloo mums true perennials.
Igloo Mums bloom in June and again in September, so right now is truly the best time to add some Igloo Mums into your garden for autumn. They last well into the frost, so even if you’re a little late to the game, your Igloo Mums will tough it out for a while, bringing beautiful color anywhere you place them. Plus, these flowers are deer-resistant (see other deer-resistant plants here), and they attract butterflies, so they’ve got all the right features for a happy garden.
Caring for Your Igloo Mums
So, you want to get some Igloo Mums to enhance your fall foliage? Good call. First, though, make sure you know what kind of maintenance your mums need:
- USDA Hardiness Zones 4-9
- Full sun
- Well-drained soil
- Moderate water
- No need to pinch old flowers for new growth
Gorgeous Igloo Mum Varieties for Your Fall Garden
Igloo Mums come in a variety of hues, making them extremely versatile for your autumn landscape. You can choose from classic fall colors, like ‘Pumpkin Igloo’, or try something more exotic, like ‘Ice Pink Igloo’. With these choices, you really can’t go wrong!
You can view all of these varieties here. Put your Igloo Mums in container gardens, or plant them alongside pansies, cabbage, and kale for a full-blown fall spread.
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