pink blooms of pompon mums
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Chrysanthemum hybrids

Mums are available in a variety of bloom shapes, including the Pompons shown here. Colors range from burgundy to oranges to lavenders and pinks to white. Some varieties are low and spreading while others can grow up to 5 feet. The easy-care plants aren't prone to disease and are widely, consistently available. USDA Zones 5-9

TOH Tip:Since mums are durable, readily available plants, consider planting in all of its forms, including ball-shaped pompons, the spider variety with long tubular petals, the spoon variety with interesting spoon-shaped petals, and colorful daisy-like single varieties, among others.
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