What do I love about hollyhocks? Their cottage garden style blooms remind me of tea stained fabrics, vintage floral prints and faded seed packets. The bloom colours are vivid, yet come in old world flavours of pink, burgundy, crimson and cream and more. Those blossoms are swirly cups, sometimes in pure colour, and sometimes fading or intensifying to a contrasting center. Their chunky stalks with crinkly, stubby buds juxtapose to their elegant, soft blooms. And don’t forget the pom-pom double pink, or deep, dark, glossy black option! Hollyhocks, or alcea, are biennials that happily self-seed. The first year produces a mound of large, rounded leaves, and then in the second year comes the majestic spires of flowers.
For more detail on hollyhocks, click here for my past post.