July Plant Of The Month – Hollyhocks




Summer cottage garden with pale yellow hollyhocks

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.

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