Growing hollyhocks in the garden is the goal of many gardeners who remember these impressive flowers from their youth. The flower stalks on hollyhocks can reach heights of 9 feet tall! They can tower above a garden, adding a lovely vertical element to your garden Let’s look at a few tips on hollyhocks to help you grow them.
Once you have planted your hollyhocks, they will need minimal care, but there are a few things you should be aware of when growing hollyhocks.
First of all, hollyhocks are a short-lived perennial. This means that most varieties will only live two to three years. Their lifespan can be extended some by removing growing hollyhock flowers as soon as they fade. If you live in a non-tropical region, cutting them back to the ground and mulching them will also help.
The one benefit that comes from growing hollyhock flowers is that they easily reseed themselves. While they may be short lived, in their proper growing conditions they will continually grow more, which will keep the hollyhock flowers consistent in years to come.
Growing hollyhocks also benefit from fertilizer or compost in the spring
They features on numerous paintings and embroideries of idealised rural gardens. But it appears to have attracted little, or no, folklore, and very few alternative names. Macmillan in his Popular Names of Flowers, Fruits, etc. (1922) lists five names, three from Somerset: billy buttons, Jacob’s ladder and rose mallow, and two localised: hock-holler and holly-anders.