Hollyhocks have been grown in gardens for centuries. This is a new compact strain that features bushy, dwarf plants that produce sturdy stems with an abundance of large double blooms. This selection features lilac double flowers that will bloom during the summer and into the early fall. Plants usually act as short-lived perennials, but will re-seed themselves for many years. Rust can be a problem, especially in humid summer regions. Excellent for the border, especially when mass planted and in containers. Thrives in cool and sunny conditions. Attractive to both butterflies and hummingbirds.
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Select a site with full exposure to the sun for best flowering results. The Alcea Rosea prefers moist, well-drained, rich soils. This plant’s coarse foliage is very susceptible to rust disease, so place it in back garden borders so to hide its lower disease-prone leaves
The Alcea Rosea is relatively easy to grow from seed. Sow your seeds in the spring, or as late as two months before the first fall frost. Seeds can be placed atop cultivated soil as sunlight aids in germination.
Though the plant is quite tough, note that flowering stalks in full bloom may be brought down under their own weight. Especially tall, heavy flowered stalks should be staked upright.
Clematis – Use clematis on a trellis or arbor behind hollyhocks to frame and set off the bloom spires. Some of the clematis vines may wind their way through the hollyhock stems, softening the upright form of the plant.
Shasta daisy – Mounds of pure-white Shasta daisies at the base of hollyhock plants hide the lower foliage of the hollyhocks, which can become ragged by midsummer.
Shrub rose – Shrub roses and hollyhocks make a knockout combination in a cottage garden. Pair varieties with similar colors for a stunning show.