Welcome friends. Fall is in our cottage gardens and late last week a pink charmer – Hillside Sheffield Chrysanthemum started to bloom.
Hillside Sheffield Chrysanthemum (Dendranthema) is a single old-fashioned chrysanthemum. Keeping her in that tradition, I do not pinch her back multiple times (only 1 in June), I like her to have a loose, floppy look. Mums sold today are pinched heavily for maximum flowers and when bought are typically root bound. Commercially produced mums are also often sprayed with growth regulators, something that will wear off after a while.
During the autumn days, her soft pink color, and beautiful mounds of single, daisy-like flowers with a rich golden yellow center just stand out in the garden. With so little in bloom at this time of year she sparkles and shines.
Mr. C’s parents lived in TN, about an hour from Nashville, and while traveling to their home we stumbled upon a rustic antique store. The owner was a avid gardener, and his Mums were in bloom, who kindly shared a few stem/roots with me. Once I got home I transplanted them and always think of that meeting when she is blooming.
There’s a feminine delicacy I love about her, with a touch of whimsy. She growns 24″ to 30″ tall, is a exceptionally easy and hardy mum. Mine are grown in partial shade and she does quite well. The single daisies cover bushy plants, attracts butterflies to the garden, hardy in zone 5 to 9.
She provides a splendid splash of color to your autumn gardens and you need to try Chrysanthemum ‘Hillside Sheffield’. You’ll love the beautiful mounds of its single, daisy-like flowers in pink with a rich golden yellow center.
Sheffield Pink is an oldie but a goody, this hardy mum goes by several aliases, including ‘Sheffield Pink’, ‘Single Apricot’, and ‘Hillside Pink Sheffield’.
Sheffield Pink is a great cutting flower too! Anyone who sees this mum flower in my fall garden loves it and immediately wants it in their landscape. Add her to your garden and bring a bit a old fashioned “autumn charm” to it.