Designing with Mums?

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Chrysanthemums, those stalwart flowering potted plants of fall, seem terribly staid and boring until you encounter the hybrids being perfected by expert gardeners.  Brookside Gardens in Maryland held its juried annual chrysanthemum show this weekend and I encountered some amazing varieties, some as small as a dime and others as big as melons, in all different shapes.  These pics are just a glimpse of what was on display.  Hope it inspires you to rethink how mums can make a design statement.