Looking for a blast of color this autumn? Add colorful mums 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 and available this week.
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. Pro 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. These small, abundant, star-shaped flowers sit atop 2′-3′ plants, provide a nice backdrop in perennial beds, and are 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 1st, 2018. Updated on July 31st, 2020.