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When you think of an English cottage garden, this plant is one of the first ones that I think of, and no country garden is complete without them.
This absolutely striking coloured hollyhock is set to become one of my new favourite's this season. These plants love colder weather so if you get cold winters then this is a must for your garden particularly those that love a cottage garden look.
The colour of this flower is described as a chestnut brown colour and the flowers are double making it particularly luscious looking. Hollyhocks begin to flower in early to mid summer and if you cut the flower stems back after flowering they will normally flower again in late summer early autumn. Hollyhocks are considered a bienniel so will put on leaf growth in their first season and flower the next at which time they will set seed so you can then collect seed or let them self sow.
Hollyhocks love a rich soil and regular amounts of water to thrive and mulching plants will obviously help with this. Hollyhocks are considered a bienniel so will put on leaf growth in their first season and flower the next at which time they will set seed so you can then collect seed or let them self sow.
Hollyhocks in Auckland can be a challenge although I do persevere and whilst we do tend to suffer a bit of rust due to our humidity, we do get them to flower although not as tall as you will if you live in a cooler climate although, I do see them around Auckland such as at Alberton House in Auckland where they grow very tall so give it a go if you want this divine plant in your garden.
Neem oil, can be used to help with rust and many organic gardeners swear by baking soda for garden fungus control. I have read that the efficacy of a baking soda spray may be enhanced by mixing it with light horticultural oil, so will be trying that this year as I must have these flowering in my garden!
Staking is necessary to hold these tall plants up as wind will knock them down. Planting with a wall behind them or in front of a fence that you can tie them to is also a great spot.
Hollyhocks have a long taptoot so do not like to be disturbed once planted so be sure to choose your position well, and when removing the plant from the bag, do not tease the roots out, simply cut the bag on all four sides, prepare your plant hole and pop the plant in and firm it down.
We also have some other lovely colours of Hollyhocks which you can find here.
Hardy to very cold temperatures
Height up to 1.8m x 60cm Wide
Plant size | PB2 - Equivalent 1.2 litres