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Mum's the word: Readers share photos of this fall favorite

It's the season for mums. Earlier this month we asked four floral and decorating experts to share some ideas on how to decorate with them.

After that, we invited readers to send us photos of how they display mums outside their own homes.

Below, you will see mums planted in a window box and in a flower bed. You will see them combined with other plants in containers. And you will see them displayed along with such seasonal decor as scarecrows.

Not everyone likes mums. But those who do know that, with a little creativity, there are many ways to use them in their fall decorating.

As garden designer and author P. Allen Smith wrote in one of his Garden Home Books: "With so many colors and varieties to choose from, mums make fall decorating easy."

Here are some of the photos readers sent us. At the end, you can click on the earlier post featuring the ideas and photos from the pros.

(The post also includes a link to a column The News' Great Gardening columnist Sally Cunningham wrote last September on planting hardy mums in the ground.)

Need more inspiration? MUMster Mash – the Chrysanthemum (Mum) Exhibit  at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens – runs through Nov. 3.

Pots of mums on the porch join a container planted with decorative grass and ornamental peppers. "The rug was an old rag rug from my grandmother," said Jessica Jewett. (Photo courtesy Jessica Jewett/Lockport)

Courtney Gorman planted mums in the soil of her window box for a fall display. (Photo courtesy Courtney Gorman/Cheektowaga)

Another Courtney Gorman creation. (Photo courtesy Courtney Gorman/Cheektowaga)

Mums planted in the ground. (Photo courtesy Robin Butler/Lancaster)

"Just like with any flower you have to be creative in placement," said Robin Butler. (Photo courtesy Robin Butler/Lancaster)

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