Create a Grand, Colorful Statement with Hollyhocks

by Amanda

Hollyhocks, also known as Alcea, not only create bright, dependable color in the summer garden, but also provide many practical uses for your property. We love this garden classic and wanted to share its benefits with all of you.

Hollyhocks grow to be about 5’ and taller, making them perfect for creating a colorful backdrop in the border of your garden. Hollyhocks arealso great for planting in front of electrical panels and other unsightly views on your property.

They also attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden and make for gorgeous cut bouquets. We’ve heard that the Hollyhock Charter’s Mix is Martha Stewart’s favorite, as she grows it for fall bouquets. It is also said that Hollyhock stems, once they die down in the fall, can be used as firewood.

 

Hollyhocks have been known and identified since the early 19th century, originally boasting large, double blooms that are almost fluffy-looking. Since then, botanists have hybridized the plant to have many different forms. We carry a large variety of Hollyhocks in bare root form, meaning as biennials they should bloom in the first season.If you’re looking to start Hollyhocks from seed,we carry Alcea rosea in seed form.

What are your favorite uses for Hollyhocks? Please share in the comments below or on our Facebook Page. Happy Gardening!  

  1. Hollyhock Mars Magic, Alcea rosea

    'Mars Magic’ Hollyhock bears single, bright red blooms with beautiful yellow centers on tall, stately stalks. Perfect for the garden's back row, blooms appear from bottom to top st...

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    Mars Magic Single Hollyhock Magic Mars Single Hollyhock Alcea rosea Magic Mars
    $11.98 Sale $7.79
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Mars Magic’ Hollyhock bears single, bright red blooms with beautiful yellow centers on tall, stately stalks. Perfect for the garden's back row, blooms appear from bottom to top starting in mid summer. Very attractive to hummingbirds, this single hollyhock is a true perennial, coming back to share its blooms year after year. (Alcea rosea)
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  2. Hollyhock Charter's Double Mix, Alcea rosea, Hollyhock

    Chater's Double Hollyhock Mix flowers in a mix of luscious colors, on strong, tall stems. Commonly planted in the garden's back row to add another level of color, Hollyhocks are also...

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    Chater's Double Hollyhock Mix Chater's Double Hollyhock Mix Alcea rosea Chater's Double Mix
    $17.98 Sale $11.69
    Per Bag of 8
    Chater's Double Hollyhock Mix flowers in a mix of luscious colors, on strong, tall stems. Commonly planted in the garden's back row to add another level of color, Hollyhocks are also good for screening unsightly areas and planting along a fenceline to add an extra layer of privacy. Blooms appear in mid summer and last through fall. Prefers full sun. (Alcea rosea)
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  3. Pink Hollyhock Creme de Cassis, Alcea rosea, Hollyhock

    Creme de Cassis Hollyhock is a biennial which rewards with spectacular raspberry and white blooms in single and double form. (Alcea rosea)...

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    Crème De Cassis Hollyhock Crème De Cassis Hollyhock Alcea rosea Crème De Cassis
    $9.98 Sale $6.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Creme de Cassis Hollyhock is a biennial which rewards with spectacular raspberry and white blooms in single and double form. (Alcea rosea)
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