(Alcea rosea) HOLLYHOCKS: These classics have graced cottage gardens for more than a century. In July and August these add such stateliness to the flower garden! This mix has a seemingly endless assortment of shades of white, yellow, pink, maroon and red flowers, which grow 6 to 12’ (1.8 to 3.6 m) tall. See video HERE and one more HERE
Tall spires of hollyhocks are breathtaking as cut flowers, and in a mixed bouquet. Arrange them with bellflowers, phlox, baby’s-breath, and roses for a cottage-garden-in-a-vase.
Plant hollyhocks in groups of 8 to 12, (if there is room), setting them about two feet apart. They will grow into a stunning solid mass, making a dramatic vertical statement on a grand scale. Butterflies, hummingbirds & bees will all be happy!
There is a long succession of flowers, and as the lower blooms fade, they can be picked off so that the plant is not weakened by the production of seed. (but not necessary) Plants usually do not require staking.
Most hollyhocks are technically biennials – producing leaves the first year and flowers the next. However, with good care they often last longer than two years and so can be described as short-lived perennials. They will reseed themselves for subsequent growing years.
Hollyhocks can tolerate partial shade if they get at least 6 hours of sun daily, but the flowers may be smaller and the colors not as vibrant. Once established, they’re quite drought-tolerant, but wet winters or any standing water may kill them; give them the best drainage possible.
Hollyhocks take 10-14 days to germinate and then another 3-4 weeks before they’re ready for pricking out, if starting indoors.
Space plants 12 to 24 in (30 to 61 cm) apart when transplanting them. If you’re direct sowing seeds into the soil, plant the seeds 3 to 6 in (7.6 to 15.2 cm) apart and 0.25 to 0.5 in (0.64 to 1.27 cm) deep, and thin the seedlings to the larger spacing of your choice.
Plants are available also at our annual spring plant sale beginning May long weekend with pre-ordering available, contact Kat firstname.lastname@example.org to order for pick up only