Hollyhocks -The Ultimate Cottage Garden Plant


“The ultimate cottage garden choice, hollyhock sends up tall spires that cover themselves in flowers in beautiful colors. They’re easy to grow from seed — in fact, that’s usually the only way they are found in garden centers.

Most hollyhocks are biennials, that is, they grow only foliage the first year, flower the second, and die that fall. However, if you establish a stand of hollyhocks, they’ll reseed each year so there will always be plenty blooming. Interestingly, the flowers open from the bottom to the top of the spike throughout the summer.

These tall (up to 8 feet) beauties are ideal against fences or buildings where they can get natural support. Red forms are especially attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies.

Plant Type:
Plant Height:
3-8 feet tall
Plant Width:
1-3 feet wide
Flower Color:
A broad range of flower colors available from red to pink, apricot, yellow, lavender, purple, and near black, depending on variety
Bloom Time:
Blooms early to midsummer
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders
Special Features:
Flowers,Cut Flowers,Attracts Hummingbirds,Attracts Butterflies,Easy to Grow


“Among the tallest of perennials, hollyhocks bear flower spikes up to 8 feet tall. They bloom in a wide range of shades — from nearly black to red, purple, yellow, and white.

Name: Alcea rosea

Growing conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

Height: 4-8 feet tall, depending on variety

Zones: 3-9



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