The archetypal cottage garden plant producing towering spires of flowers in a multitude of colours. Hollyhocks are either biennials or short-lived perennials. They enjoy a south or west facing, sunny position on chalk, loam or sandy soils. They will self-seed and so continue in the garden.
They can reach a height of 2m or so and have a spread of about 50cm to 75cm. In an exposed site they will probably need staking. Bees and other pollinators love them.