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Celebrating a Favorite Mum

‘Hillside Sheffield Pink’ doing what it does best

My name is Maria Clemente, and I live in northern New Jersey. Working in the garden design industry for over 20 years has inspired me to create several garden areas around my own property. While I try to design gardens that display beauty in every season, I am always surprised at how the autumn garden seems to be my favorite.

Since I heard Danielle and Carol talking about the pink Sheffield mum (Chrysanthemum ‘Hillside Sheffield Pink’, Zones 4–9) on a recent episode of Let’s Argue About Plants (love the new podcast format by the way!), I felt a need to share the photos of my autumn garden, as that particular mum is one of my favorite plants!

Check out the podcast episode that features Maria’s favorite mum: Episode 148: Wish List Plants

‘Hillside Sheffield Pink’ mum takes center stage in the fall garden. Behind it is the tall Aster tataricus ‘Jindai’ (Zones 3–9) with purple flowers and a oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’, Zones 5–9) with beautiful fall color.

Here’s another view of the same planting, seen through a spray of Calamagrostis × acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ (Zones 5–9). The soft pink of the mums is such a great contrast to the brown and tan colors that dominate in the fall.

Brown seed heads from Allium ‘Millenium’ (Zones 4–8) in the foreground and a Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) in the background set off the mum flowers perfectly.

A closer look at the oakleaf hydrangea reveals leaves that are just beginning to shift into their warm autumn colors.


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    vanhatalosuomi 02/02/2024

    Truly lovely combination planting, and yes, the mum is stealing the spotlight!

  2. nwphilagardener 02/02/2024

    Maria, Can you tell us if you pinch back the Sheffield mums at any point in the growing season?

  3. btucker9675 02/02/2024

    Where in northern NJ are you? Our last home in NJ before we had to move to NC was in Franklin Lakes and I cried and cried when I left my gardens there! Yours is lovely and I agree that mum is so very pretty - the pink is like a porcelain teacup.

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    simplesue 02/06/2024

    Your house and garden are fabulous! I can see why you love the garden in autumn the most- because you've got the best autumn garden I've ever seen and I am not exaggerating !

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