Mums & Asters

Looking for a blast of color this autumn? Add colorful chrysanthemums and brilliant asters to your flower bed or fall container garden!  Choose from a huge range of varieties of these prolific, hardy and beautifully bushy perennials grown here at Fort Collins Nursery.

Mums come in a wide variety of colors including yellow, pink, magenta, red, lavender, and more.  Blooms on mums typically last for weeks providing a late-summer boost when other flowers have given out.  Tip: to delay blooming until fall for your mums next season, pinch them back in early july. More info on pinching mums here

Fort Collins Nursery also offers a great selection of colorful asters, another hardy late-summer and autumn bloomer.  Small, abundant, star-shaped flowers tower on 2-3 foot plants, providing a nice backdrop in perennial beds, and available in shades of purple, blue, and red.

Both mums and asters appreciate full sun, and a good dose of compost when planted. They also prefer to be watered at their base, as overhead watering encourages powdery mildew.

Originally published on August 4, 2015.  Updated on August 1, 2018.

4 Responses to “Mums & Asters”

  1. Sarah Carter says:

    I am from Illinois so plant requirements are a learning curve. Will mum plants survive the winter if I plant them now? They are my favorite for autumn color, but I don’t want to put them now if they are going to die.

    • jesse says:

      It’s a little touch and go when they’re planted in the fall, but they often overwinter pretty well if they’re mulched well, receive winter water (this is a good idea for all your landscape – we have exceptionally dry winters, even our snow has a very low moisture content), and fertilized. Give them some time in spring to wake up, they like to wait for warmer soil, and make sure you get them from someone with a really good guarantee, like us!

      • Janet says:

        I got mums from you a few weeks ago. They are on my patio and they are beautiful. Since they are hearty, I was thinking about putting them in the ground … or should I just keep them barely alive inside and plant them in the spring? I live in Longmont

        • jesse says:

          Mums can be planted in the ground and should overwinter. Make sure to provide periodic water (1-2 times/month), since their root system hasn’t had an opportunity to grow deep yet.

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