Why are people snobbish about hardy chrysanthemums? For me they are essential, cottage garden plants, filling the garden with colour from September through to December. The rich warm colours of their flowers make them my favorite autumnal cut-flower. They are so vigorous and generous with their blooms you can pick them in great armfuls for the house. I love my Chrysanthemums best planted in the vegetable garden between the rows of red cabbages! Chrysanthemums are easy trouble free plants and the bees and butterflies love them.
Plants are sent out from May to July in 9cm pots. We propagate Chrysanthemums to order therefore we recommend ordering before February to receive plants that year.
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CHRYSANTHEMUM." Chrysos" is Greek for gold," anthos" for flower. Chrysanthemums have been cherished in China for 500 years. Why are people snobbish about hardy chrysanthemums? For me they are essential, cottage garden plants, filling the garden with colour from October through to December. Perhaps it is the association with florists" Chrysanthemums, those impossibly heavy headed monsters in hard white or searing yellow, that makes people disdain their lovely garden counterparts. Hardy Chrysanthemums are easy to grow. They like rich soil and reasonable moisture. They must have full sun and are best not planted in frost pockets, as this will drastically truncate their flowering season in a cold autumn. Chrysanthemums clump up readily and should be lifted and divided in early spring. To encourage more compact plants, better clothed with foliage, I cut all my Chrysanthemums to half their height in early June. At the same time I remove all weak and spindly canes. This does not delay their flowering and results in much sturdier plants. You can have different varieties in flower throughout August, September and October and many later flowering varieties will in a sheleted spot still be in flower in November. C. Duchess of Edinburgh and C. Buxton Ruby look wonderful with Nerine bowdenii. The paler Chysanthemums look good with silver leafed artemsias. Chrysanthemums attract bees and butterflies.
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