The cuttings yellow and pink mums that live on my fire escape are almost ready to be planted in the ground, but there's absolutely no chance they'll bloom this year. I do have one mum already established in the garden - "Rhumba" was a bonus gift from Avant Gardens earlier in the year - but other than that and a couple of sedums, we had no plans for fall blooms.
To give us a bit more color this year, I picked up couple more cheap mums from the big box hardware store down the week. The purple one is actually really nice! I was a bit skeptical of it till the blossoms started opening.
I have to admit that it's nice to pay a lower price for fall color. The mums on my fire escape were a farmer's market purchase. Of course, once my little cuttings are established, I'll have gotten them at 2 for 1! But still, many of the shrubs we planted this year (camellias, rhodos, azaleas) weren't cheap and it's better for the budget to find a couple $3 perrennials.