Chrysanthemum Garden Mums are a highlight of the cooler months, flowering from Autumn through to spring time, then going dormant over the warmer months. It is not unusual for the garden mums to come again during the summer months in mountainous areas like Monbulk where we live, if the weather is cooler than expected.
Garden Mums, sadly are normally associated with just being a gift plant or flower for Mothers Day (MAY), and treated as an annual here in Australia, which is completely criminal and wrong as they are a fantastic perennial plant that gives tonnes of vibrant jewel tone colours for a lot longer than the one season.
Garden Mums are native to asia and north eastern Europe and grow 30 - 60cms tall in a full sun to semi sun aspect...... full sun is always better, can be grown equally as good in pots, containers, baskets etc as in the garden in a fertile, well drained to slightly moist soil type that is slightly acidic to neutral. If planting in a garden bed, work in some compost or organic matter first for best results. Garden Mums thrive in cooler conditions, hence where they are native to. Whilst the Garden Mums are still in their vegetative stage ( ie just leaves), make sure you provide a one off fertiliser with plenty of nitrogen and potassium to promote healthy roots, development of buds ( flowers), this will result in a much more vigorous, healthy and floriferous plant
Garden Mums respond well to regular liquid feeds with seaweed solution. Water wise, just keep them moist ( soil cool to touch), but not soggy or constantly wet.
At Paddys Plants, we grow about 1500 Garden Mums per year, consisting of 10 different varieties. Garden Mums are a favourite of ours for Cooler month colours and we look forward to them popping up in our garden every Autumn.
Come and check out our range and we hope you fall in love with them to !!
Myoporum Parvifolium is an Australian native prostrate ( always mix up prostrate and prostate !!!!), shrub with semi succulent type leaves and masses of small white, star shaped flowers that appear in the spring and summer months.
Broad Leaf Myoporum is an excellent ground cover that grows 10cm tall and up to 1.5 metres wide in full sun to partial shade and does well in a wide range of soil types, provided they have adequate drainage.
Brunnera Macrophylla Jack Frost has large heart shaped silver & green foliage and sprays of cool blue forget me not type flowers from early spring well through the summer months. Jack Frost will grow 50cms tall by 50cms wide in a dappled light position with moist well drained soil types, you do not want it in direct sun after mid morning as the foliage will scorch or burn. Jack Frost is great in containers, can be used in mixed hanging baskets or on its own, is beautiful in shaded garden beds and makes a lovely border along shady paths and winding tracks in your garden.