Saturday, October 31, 2009

Sheffield Pink Mum

If you like garden mums, the hardy Sheffield Pink (AKA Chrysanthemum koreanum ‘Single Apricot’) is hard to beat. It’s one of my favorites.

It is a reliable and showy bloomer here in zone 6. It may flop but given enough room in the garden,it puts on a tremendous show. I pinch it back until the end of June. Once it is established, it requires very little care. I’ll cut it back to the ground after a hard frost and leave the stems on top of the plant until spring.

Resting on the Japanese Laurel (Aucuba japonica) at The Miller's House Garden in Bethlehem, it is full and bright after only a few years. It’s planted in full sun but will also bloom in some shade.
Fine Gardening Magazine’s article “Not Your Average Mum” calls it a “workhorse perennial that performs year after year.”


Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

What a gorgeous mum. I love mums anyway, but the Sheffield Pink is very striking. I must look for this beauty here at my favorite nursery.

maría cecilia said...

Hello Marie, a very beautiful Chrysanthemus, I didn´t know how well it goes... I think I´ll look for them and try it in my garden too.
Have a nice Sunday
María Cecilia

Marie said...

Thank you MG and Maria Cecelia,

I'm glad you enjoyed this pretty mum. I'm not sure how in will grow in your zones. Good luck.