The pink and gold flowers of Dendranthema zawadskii ‘Hillside Sheffield Pink’ open over a period of four to six weeks.
The warm, soft tints of Korean chrysanthemum (Dendranthema zawadsii) flowers create a color counterpoint to fall foliage in the October garden. Korean chrysanthemums are later-booming and have a softer form than typical garden mums. The foliage of Korean mums forms an attractive mounding shape all season long, even before the plant covers itself in daisy-like autumn blooms. The plants also tend to be pest and disease resistant and long lived. Such a reliably hardy, late-blooming perennial should be much better known. Its relative obscurity may be due to the fact that it blooms at a time of year when most gardeners are not actively shopping for plants, and so overlook it.
Common Name: Korean chrysanthemum
Botanical Name: Dendranthema zawadskii
Varieties/Cultivars to Look for: ‘Hillside Sheffield Pink’, ‘Clara Curtis’
Color: White, pale yellow, warm and cool pink
Blooming Period: Fall to late fall
Type: Hardy perennial
Size: 24 inches tall by 24 inches wide
Exposure: Full sun
When to Plant: Transplant in spring or plant container-grown plants spring through fall.
Soil: Rich, well-drained
Hardiness: Zone 5
Watering: Once a week during establishment period, 1/2 to 1 inch per week in summer.
When to Prune: Cut back in early spring
When to Fertilize: Topdress with 1 inch of mature compost in spring.
In Your Landscape: A specimen or rhythmic accent in the mixed border
A close-up view of Dendranthema zawadskii ‘Clara Curtis’
Dendranthema zawadskii ‘Clara Curtis’ (Lower right-hand corner) stands out against a tapestry of apricot and burgundy fall foliage provided.
From Ohio Gardener Volume III Issue V. Photos by Ann McCulloh.