Chrysanthemums, or mums, come in many colors including pink and purple, but they are most known for their gold, bronze, dark red, white and off-white flowers that look so great in autumn flower arrangements. The Greek word Chrysanthemum comes from chrysos (gold) and anthos (flower).

There are 13 different classes of chrysanthemums according to the National Chrysanthemum Society. The Society states on their website that mums are related to dahlias, sunflowers, marigolds, zinnias and cosmos.

They are considered perennials, blooming in the fall in response to shorter days and longer nights, much like poinsettias. Nurseries are loaded with large pots of decorative mums this time of year. If you were to plant chrysanthemums, the ideal time is really spring for a fall bloom. Well, if you weren’t thinking about fall colors last April, don’t worry. Go ahead and buy some of those potted plants at the nursery.

If you want them in your yard, you will need to plant them right away so they can take root before the first frost. If you don’t care too much about taking care of them year round, and just want your flower bed to look appropriate for trick or treaters, sink the pots. Is this a major shortcut? Absolutely, but it’s less tacky than just putting silk stems in the ground. Here’s how.

Sinking Pots–Mum’s the Word

Sinking pots is easy and when the season is over, you can easily move these potted beauties indoors to make it through winter.

Just use the plastic containers the mums came in. Dig holes as deep as the pots and just an inch or two bigger around. Set your potted chrysanthemums in the holes and return soil and mulch to surround and hide the lip of the pot. No one but you will know–as long as you keep mum.