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9 Ways to Use Mums This Fall

Why limit mums to garden borders when you can cut the stems for clever arrangements? Cut blooms from all over the crown instead of just one spot, and take stems from several mums if you want to keep the mother plants on display. If you prefer to keep your mum plants intact, consider pairing them in pots with other plants in autumnal colors.
  • Casual Fall Centerpiece

    To create the container, stretch a rubber band around a container. Gather twigs; cut them to the height of the container and insert inside the rubber band. Cover the rubber band with twine. Set the container on a purchased twig wreath; fill with water. Cut a big handful of flowering stems and arrange in the container.

    Date Published: August 15, 2017
    Date Updated: August 24, 2017
  • Formal Elegance Mum Ball

    Select a container about the same width as or a little smaller than an 8-inch-diameter floral foam ball. Soak the foam ball in water. Choose three colors of mums and cut the flowers, leaving ½-inch stems. Pack the heads closely into the ball. Set the ball in the container, adding a few fall leaves around the edges; spritz regularly with water.

    Date Published: August 15, 2017
    Date Updated: August 24, 2017
  • Mum Wreath

    Saturate a floral foam wreath with water. To make a hanger, cut 2 feet of twine and fold it in half. Wrap the twine around the foam wreath two times and make a slipknot just above the wreath. Cut several types of mums, leaving ½-inch stems. In addition to your garden mums, look for unusual varieties at farmers markets and the floral section of a supermarket. Pack mums into the wreath, intermingling blooms.

    Date Published: August 15, 2017
    Date Updated: August 24, 2017
  • Tiny Gourd with Mums

    Cut a small hole into the top of tiny round gourd and remove the fibrous strands and seeds. Fill with water and tuck in a small posy of burgundy mums. Set the gourd on a bed of leaves and moss for a small but charming arrangement.

    Date Published: August 15, 2017
    Date Updated: August 24, 2017
  • Tabletop Wreath for Candle

    Purchase a floral foam wreath and a waterproof container large enough to hold it. Saturate the foam wreath. Cut mum blooms of various sizes and colors, leaving a 1/2 inch stem, and insert them into the wreath. Set the waterproof container into a decorative basket; place a candle at the center.

    Date Published: August 15, 2017
    Date Updated: August 24, 2017
  • Butternut Squash Topped with Mums

    Cut the tops off of sturdy butternut squash (about ¼ of the squash). Scoop out the flesh, add a little water, and insert bold mums, roses, bittersweet or other berried branches, for a super-easy, super-sweet arrangement.

    Date Published: August 15, 2017
    Date Updated: August 24, 2017
  • Mum-sprouting Pumpkin

    Make a cheerful pumpkin vessel by cutting or drilling a band of holes at different heights and about 1 inch apart around the middle of a pumpkin. The holes should be a tiny bit larger than the head of florist vials. Cut a pile of chrysanthemum flowers with stems about 2 inches long and remove the leaves. Insert the stems into florist vials (available at craft stores) that have been filled with water. You’ll need roughly 40-50 vials. Push the vials into the holes so the tops are just below the pumpkins’s surface. Create a dense floral border by inserting one or two flowers, or mix a flower with a stem of handsome foliage, into each vial. 

    Date Published: August 15, 2017
    Date Updated: August 24, 2017
  • Potted Mums with Grass

    In a terra-cotta pot, the interesting texture of purple fountaingrass (Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’) adds height and just-enough color contrast to a starry mound of magenta chrysanthemums. The tasseled grass waves in the slightest breeze.

    Date Published: August 15, 2017
    Date Updated: August 24, 2017
  • Leaves and Flowers

    Coral chrysanthemums, which gradually change color as they age, are stunning combined with the pink and crimson stems of yellow-and-green variegated chicken gizzard or beefsteak plant (Iresine herbstii ‘Aureoreticulata’) in a glazed, footed ceramic container.

    Date Published: August 15, 2017
    Date Updated: August 24, 2017
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    Date Published: August 15, 2017
    Date Updated: August 24, 2017

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