- Gardening, General

Beautiful Igloo Mums – Easy Autumnal Perennials

Igloo Mums are much more than their fun, frosty name. This mum family of varieties is a hardy, quintessential autumn garden addition—so it’s no wonder that these are some of Rozanne’s most popular friends right now! Plenty of internet users have been browsing our Igloo Mums page lately because a fall garden is basically remiss without some burnt orange Igloo Mums ushering in ultimate fall vibes.
Since people are so rightfully curious about these beautiful blooms, we figured we would formally introduce you.

Meet the Igloo Mum
Professionally known as Dendranthema, an Igloo Mum is a little different than her other garden mum sisters. Unlike her kin, she can withstand some cold weather, hence her icy moniker. Of course, she does share the perennial gene—Igloo Mums bloom in June and again in September, so right now is truly the best time to bring some Igloo Mums into your autumn garden. They last well into the frost, so even if you’re a little late to the game, your Igloo Mums will tough it out for a while, bringing beautiful colour anywhere you place them. Plus, these flowers are deer-resistant (see other deer-resistant plants here), and they attract butterflies, so they’ve got all the right features for a happy garden.
Caring for Your Igloo Mums
So, you want to get some Igloo Mums to enhance your fall foliage? Good call. First, though, make sure you know what kind of maintenance your mums need:
USDA Hardiness Zones 4-9
Full sun
Well-drained soil
Moderate water
No need to pinch old flowers for new growth

Gorgeous Igloo Mum Varieties for Your Fall Garden
Igloo Mums come in a variety of hues, making them extremely versatile for whatever colour scheme you’ve got going in your autumn landscape. You can choose from classic fall colours, like the ‘Pumpkin Igloo’, or you can try something more exotic, like the ‘Ice Pink Igloo’. You really can’t go wrong!
‘Pumpkin Igloo’
‘Warm Igloo’
‘Ice Pink Igloo’
‘Sundance Igloo’
‘Frosty Igloo’
‘Sunny Igloo’
‘Cool Igloo’
‘Icicle Igloo’
‘Harvest Igloo’
‘Snowy Igloo’
‘Radiant Igloo’
‘Firedance Igloo’
‘Dainty Pink Igloo’
‘Fireworks Igloo’
‘Sizzling Igloo’
You can view all these varieties here. Put your Igloo Mums in container gardens, or plant them alongside pansies, cabbage, and kale for a full-blown fall spread.
Do you have Igloo Mums in your fall lineup? Let us know! Then, for more great seasonal gardening tips like these, make sure to join Rozanne’s Inner Circle, where you’ll get all the good stuff delivered right to your inbox.

- Gardening, General

What To Do In Autumn In Your Garden

Many gardeners are big fans of fall. The brisk, cooler weather is the ideal setting for spending time with nature and enjoying the great outdoors. Not too hot, not too cold, and full of festive seasonal pleasures like pumpkin and apple picking. It’d be a shame not to experience autumn in its full beauty, so make sure you’ve got your autumn gardening to-do list handy.
To ensure your plants and yard stay happy and healthy, it’s essential you take into account the necessary upkeep that comes with the new season. Certain things need to be done to your garden—whether you have a container or vegetable or plot garden—and we’re about to help you make sure they’re all on your radar. The autumn air sets a fantastic atmosphere for giving your garden some TLC so it can last through winter and eventually spring. So put on those gardening gloves, get your stool out, and let’s get started.
To-Do List for Fall Garden Maintenance
Early Fall Garden Tasks
Plant any spring bulbs (except tulips), shrubs, trees, fruit bushes, and other spring-blooming flowers (pansies, wallflowers, bellis daisies) for early spring colour to accent fall flowers
Plant onions and garlic
Plant hardy varieties such as Igloo Mums
Wrap mildly tender exotic varieties in fleece to protect them from frost
Cover mildly tender perennials with a thick mulch of bark chips or straw
Remove tender varieties by cutting back the stems and gently lifting the tubers/rhizomes from the ground. Clean the soil from them and store them in trays of dry compost or sand. You’ll want just the top of crown to be visible. Keep the trays in a cool, frost-free place until spring when you can replant.
Bring your houseplants back indoors, first checking for pests and diseases
Apply an autumn lawn fertilizer to established lawns

Mid-Fall Garden Tasks
Prune your hedges for the final time
Cut back faded perennials about 5 cm (2 inches) above ground level
Move poorly placed plants
Clean your greenhouse or garden shed to help reduce overwintering pests and diseases
Dig up annuals and add them to your compost heap
Trim late-flowering shrubs to reduce wind damage in the winter
Prepare for your winter wonderland by making space
Rake up fallen leaves and compost to keep things clean
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