All About Mums: Arrangement Ideas

Chrysanthemums are making a huge comeback in floral arranging. Get inspired to create your own display with ideas from top designers.

By: Holly Aguirre
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Short and Sweet

This desktop arrangement features Kermit mums, purple dahlias—which mimic the mum—a stargazer lily and a hydrangea.

The Bold and The Beautiful

White spider Anastasia mums, commonly referred to as spider mums or Fuji mums, are so unique that pairing them with a contrasting colored-flower like these red roses makes a bold and beautiful statement. Trimming your mums at an angle and keeping the water fresh will help them last up to two weeks.

Winter White

White orchid, cream roses and white mums make an elegant statement.

Pushing Up Daisies

Spray mums have multiple blooms per stem, come in a wide variety of colors, make great filler, and are very often referred to as daisies. This arrangement consists of 20 “daisy pompons,” which equal 100 blooms.

I Love a Parade

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention how many mums go into the creation of parade floats, like the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. Over 10,000 pounds of flowers are used to create a parade float with mums and roses being the main ingredient. This pup was created out of football and garden mums by designers at Vernonia Florist, first place winners at the Grand Floral Rose Parade at the yearly Rose Festival in Portland.

Easy Being Green

“Anytime you put a green Kermit mum into an arrangement it is going to pop,” says Dottie Rogers, co-owner and head designer of Ellensburg Floral & Gifts.

Kermit Green

Kermit mums or green button pom mums provide contrast amongst purple mums, magenta carnations and red Sweet William in this bouquet by Dottie Rogers of Ellensburg Floral & Gifts in Ellensburg, Washington.

Good Stock

Complementing the Kermit mum are triple stargazer lilies, stock—which is in the cabbage family and has a yummy clove scent—and alstroemeria.

Botanist's Desire

This stunning desert-inspired centerpiece features spider mums, succulents, protea, solidaster and a lotus pod all in a green wooden box. Floral designer David Madison was a botanist in New York and has since relocated to Palm Desert. Influenced by his new surroundings, Madison’s creations now reflect rustic desert romanticism.

Mums Are the Word

This arrangement is made up almost completely of cremon mums and painted daisy mums. Cremon mums have a deep pincushion center surrounded by a circle of longer, softer and lighter colored outer petals. Along with a long vase life, cremons are particularly easy to work with.

Falling in Love

…with mums! Pompon cushions in bronze, red spider mums, lovely lilies and alstroemeria make up this wonderful fall-themed centerpiece.

Lovely Ladies

Mums, like these green button pompons, and carnations are two hearty flowers with a long shelf life. Seen here with calla lilies and roses, if cared for properly, this arrangement should last two weeks. Never set your fresh flowers on an appliance, like the fridge or a microwave.

Happy Days

Yellow daisy pompons are often called baby sunflowers. Seen here with Kermit mums, sunflowers and roses, this arrangement is sure to make anyone happy.

Am I Blue?

As if Picasso had designed it himself, this blue themed arrangement is made up of irises, spider mums, Kermit mums, hydrangeas and lemon leaves.

Seaside Beauty

Spider mums and orchids anchor this beautiful arrangement that evokes the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Reach for the Sky

Two variety of mums — painted daisies or pompons and 'Emperor of China' mums — pink roses, succulents, scabiosa pods and liatris make up this stellar centerpiece.

Creeping Beauty

Using architectural features as his canvas, designer to the stars Mark Addison trained yellow spider mums, white carnations, purple and pink roses, blue hydrangea, green viburnum and ivy around a once boring column.

Stay Gold

This study in gold features yellow spider mums, yellow pompon cushion mums, alstroemeria and coral and yellow roses.

Party Hardy

This orange hardy mum makes a great centerpiece for the holidays, and if cared for properly can last for many future occasions. Check soil every other day and water when top inch is dry. Cut back faded blooms, and after the frost has passed your mum can be transferred to the ground.

Ursula

This harvest arrangement contains orange 'Ursula' mums, burgundy 'Brandi' mums and coral roses.

Pretty in Pink

Downward facing reflex mums, orchids, roses and gerbera daisies make up this colorful and fragrant arrangement.

Valley Girl

The floral designers at Bent Willow in the San Fernando Valley hand select their blooms every day like these burgundy 'Brandi' mums, Kermit mums and sunflowers for a one-of-a-kind centerpiece as glamorous as the shop’s owner, actress Mary Chris Wall of The Mentalist and Private Practice.

Birch and Feathers

The rustic birch and feathers arrangement features an orange Korean mum, white roses, cat tails, seeded eucalyptus and a mushroom in a birch vase.

Front and Center

This stunner features the spider mum along with white roses, mini hydrangeas, green coffee bean and bells of Ireland.

Simple Elegance

Stacy K. Floral in Rochester created this simple arrangement of white and yellow football mums and 'Gerrondo' gerbera daises.

Chinese Football

This arrangement from Florals by Nancy Liu Chin Designs features orchids, roses, hydrangea, stock and an unsung floral hero – Chinese Football Mums. Liu said that when she creates large pieces she often seeks interesting and large-headed flowers. Mums aren’t often used in grand events but when used correctly in the right floral centerpiece, it not only works, but also adds texture.

Main Event

Floral designer and party host to the stars Mark Addison fashioned an orb of yellow spider mums, white carnations, purple and pink roses, blue hydrangea, green viburnum and ivy and smartly placed it atop a white birch pole.