CHRYSANTHEMUM 'Will's Wonderful'
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This hardy perennial chrysanthemum is grown for its mid- to late-autumn display of strawberry-pink, golden-eyed "daisies" that open from deep red buds. The spoon-shaped petals age to pale buff-pink. The 1.2-inch-wide (4 cm) blooms are held on branching stems above large spreading clumps of deeply lobed, pungently scented leaves. This cultivar was introduced by Ellen Hornig of Seneca Hill Perennials, Oswego, New York.
Grow this hardy perennial in full sun and well-drained garden loam. Unlike "florists' mums," hardy chrysanthemum cultivars such as 'Will's Wonderful' are reliable, long-lived garden perennials. Cut them back heavily in late spring to encourage a bushier, more compact habit. Their late-season flowers blend well with ornamental grasses, sedums, and aconitums, and can be cut for arrangements.