Alcea rosea 'Chater's Double Hybrids-Scarlet'
Perfect for the cottage garden, this selection sports tall, sturdy spikes of ruffled, fully double, scarlet red flowers that open from the bottom up over a long period in summer. The leaves are deeply lobed in classic alcea form.
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Hardiness Zone:2 - 7
Feel free to grow hollyhocks under Black Walnut trees; they are tolerant of the toxic juglone that is emitted through the trees' roots. Hollyhocks are best treated as a biennial or short-lived perennial.
Hollyhock Growing and Maintenance Tips
Hollyhocks provide excellent architectural height in the garden and make good backdrops for lower growing perennials. Try growing them in the cottage garden style by planting them up against a wall or picket fence. Though their stalks are very strong, they may need to be staked if they are planted in a windy site. Hollyhocks prefer rich, moist, well-drained soil but can tolerate short periods of drought. They need full sun to really perform in the landscape. Watch for Japanese Beetles; this plant is one of their favorites!