Florist, or cutting, mums and hardy, or garden, mums come from the same original parent, which is a golden-yellow daisy-like mum from China. Today’s hybrids in both categories are the results of endless crosses between several species from China and Japan. The result of such hybridization performed over hundreds of years is different types of mums that perform for two distinct purposes. Florist mums are large-flower plants with many possible bloom forms from quilled to pompon to spider and more. Grown in greenhouses and used only as indoor plants, florist mums produce few, if any, underground stoelens, which are necessary if the mum is to survive cold weather. You may plant a potted florist mum, and it may grow for the summer, but it will not survive the winter, no matter how much protection you give it. Garden mums, on the other hand, produce underground stolens and can survive cold better.