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I'm lost in a sea of articles with none of them actually answering my question so I turn here.

Currently I plant mums every year in my front yard (Midwest region: Kansas, Lots of sunlight on the area) and I'd like to stop the costly act especially since you can only really enjoy them in the fall.

So, can someone tell me of a similar or as equivalent as possible plant type as the mum that offers the same large compact rounded ball flowering look of a mum. That could be enjoyed at least through spring/summer/fall that will grow back after winter and flower again?

Preferably in a white color to keep my curbside appeal but allow me to forego the purchasing/planting of new plants every darn year?

  • Do you have access to a greenhouse? Or have a room to propagate any plants? – user13638 Mar 4 '16 at 21:39
  • @Rosie I don't have a greenhouse but I'm sure I could facilitate something. What do you have in mind? – Chris W. Mar 4 '16 at 21:59
  • I haven't got a list yet, but it does open up the type of plant available....... Will get back to you – user13638 Mar 4 '16 at 22:04
  • @Rosie thank you very much, I don't have much of an inventory in my head of such things so any recommendations are appreciated. :) – Chris W. Mar 4 '16 at 22:07
  • Do you want perennial plants or annual plants like your chrysanth's? Hence the question of greenhouse access. – user13638 Mar 4 '16 at 22:07
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Convolvulus cneorum as a possible starter? Up to 60cm in height. A shrubby bindweed, silvery leaves, with the buds slightly pink, planting something pink as well as a contrast. Lavenders? I'll keep thinking..... Pelargoniums will flower for a long time if dead headed. They can be over wintered in an unheated but frost free space. Can provide cuttings for the following years. Short stemmed dahlias that may need to be lifted and their tubers stored frost free overwinter. The colour and variety depending on your colour preference. As they grow they can be used to produce further plants that can be used to replace some lost over winter. Some have dark red leaves others green, with a broad range of colours.

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  • No problem, am hoping others can come up with different ideas too. – user13638 Mar 7 '16 at 22:22
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You could try some Aubrieta - I will try these out myself next season, they have dense flowering, are available in white but mostly purple, you can grow them by seeds so relatively cheap to do a large area. They are also reasonably sun & drought tolerant. I was planning on trying some on my vertical wall to give a seasonal patch of colour.

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If you do have access to a poly tunnel or greenhouse, you may want to consider buying annuals as plug plants and growing them on. That will reduce the costs considerably, just a thought

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