A country garden favourite, hollyhocks add height and whimsy to the back of the garden border. These mid-summer bloomers produce numerous flowers along tall spires. Nothing else epitomizes mid-summer magic in the garden quite like hollyhocks.
Plant type: biennial
Planting depth: 1/4”
Exposure: full sun
Plant spacing: 2-3'
Approx seeds per packet: 50
How to sow:
Sow seeds from late spring to early summer. Plant outdoors a minimum of 6 weeks before first frost. Plants will overwinter and bloom the following summer. May also be direct sown from early to mid summer. Pinching not necessary.
Hollyhocks are best enjoyed in the garden, rather than as a cut flower, although they may be used as an event cut flower where a long vase life is not a necessity. Cut back plants after initial blooming to encourage a second flush of blooms.