I happen to like fall mums, but not everyone does. Lets face it, mums are so overused that are kind of common. If you are searching for an alternative to fill your fall planters, may I recommend ornamental cabbages and kale. You can grow your own or like me, you can head to the local nursery to find them.
This beauty makes me think of an ocean wave, as they are sometimes rendered in Japanese art.
Ornamental cabbages are the same species as edible varieties of cabbage, but they are not as tasty as their cousins.
One of the best things about ornamental cabbages and kale is that their remarkable foliage becomes even more vivid after the first few hard frosts.