Hello, if you want to have a long flowering time and are on long-lived plants, I am very glad that I have done you a nice job. Summer is a good suggestion for those who want to feed the flowers both long-lived and good-looking. You can not wait to reach the most beautiful garden destination with your special and trendy flowers. Let’s look at everything together and explore growing hollyhocks …


If you love cottage garden flowers, try growing hollyhocks. They add height to a garden border and bloom all summer long.


Growing mallows (Alcea rosea) in the garden are the goal of the many gardeners, who remember these spectacular flowers from their youth. The flower stems on mallows will reach a height of nine feet! They will rise higher than a garden and add a nice vertical component to your garden. Hollyhocks (Puccinia malvacearum) square footage usually found in home gardens. They are an excellent background plant for shorter perennials and are available in a variety of colors.

Tips for Growing Hollyhocks

Growing Hollyhocks, if you give them care and attention, are they worth coming in July. With their open saucer blossoms moving back and forth to stalks full of stems stalked with butterflies and bumblebees, they will do more than repay your efforts.


Be sure to plant hollyhocks in sunny locations.  Since they have very tall flower stalks, protect them from the wind to avoid breakage. A good spot is in front of fence with slat openings to give the plant air circulation or at the back of a garden bed in a full sun location.Hollyhocks can grow to 9 feet tall


Hollyhocks like moist, well draining soil. Adding organic matter such as compost in the spring will help, too. If you plant them in too dry a location, they will languish during the heat of the summer and won’t produce flowers well.


The flowers are produced on very long stalks that tower over the garden.  They may need staking. They range in color from white to deep burgundy and all shades in between.

Hollyhocks come in many colors

The flowers have a slightly scalloped edge with a pretty throat and are profuse on each stem.  Some varieties, like this purple variegated hollyhock comes in more than one shade.Purple variegated hollyhock


Hollyhocks grow easily from seed. Plant them just below the surface and space them about two feet apart to give them room to grow.

PropagationHollyhock seedlings

Hollyhocks are rampant seeders.   If you dig them up and plant them in small pots, they will grow and give you additional plants for other areas of your garden. Seedlings are not normally quite as strong or as vigorous growing as the original parent plant.

You can also collect seeds from existing plants to save for future plants.  Root cuttings will also produce new plants.

Bloom time

Hollyhocks have a long blooming season and will flower from mid summer until early fall. Blooms start near the base of the stem and open upward so that eventually 1 1/2 to 2 feet of the stalk is covered in petals.Hollyhock flowers open from the bottom to the top of the stalk


The leaves of the hollyhock plant are large and dark green with a rounded shape. They are prone to rust so care should be taken when watering.
Hollyhock leaves

Cold Hardiness

Hollyhocks are considered as perennials in zones 3-8.  Typically they are a short lived perennial of about 2-3 years.  In colder zones, treat the plant as a perennial, or take cuttings or plant seedlings and bring them in during the winter months to replant again in the spring.


This pretty perennial makes a great screening plant to hide more unsightly areas of your yard, since it grows to quite a tall height. Use it at the back of the garden bed with shorter plants in front of it for best effect.

Holly hocks in front of a house

Photo credit Angela Marinaro, Fan of the Gardening Cook on Facebook

The make a great border plant near the side of your house to add curb appeal and height to hide the foundation. (note that this limits the air circulation so it’s not a good choice if your garden is prone to rust on hollyhocks.

Hollyhocks add a lovely vertical element to your garden because of their long flower stalks.  Some can grow to 9 feet tall!

Problems Growing Hollyhocks

Hollyhocks have a tendency to develop rust, so take care to water from below to keep moisture off the leaves. Giving the plant good air circulation also helps. Mulching under the plant will keep the spores from last years plants from developing.  You can treat with an all purpose fungicide such as Chlorothalonil or sulphur.(affiliate links)Rust on hollyhock leaves

This pretty plant can be a short lived perennial, lasting only 2-3 years. You can prolong this to several more years if you remember to cut off the flower stalks close to the ground after they have finished blooming.

Hollyhocks by the bucket load from a reader!

Angela Marinaro, a fan of The Gardening Cook on Facebook had a large bed of hollyhocks in her garden which contained four hollyhock plants that she put in a few years ago. Last summer she transplanted just four of them into this spot in her front yard . She says that they got enormous, bloomed almost all summer died off, and then bloomed again late fall.

Holly hocks 2 seasons ago


  1. Something was eating my hollyhocks.the leaves got lacy looking .and they did get the rust also. I loved them .they are so pretty ,but I finally gave up as the whole plant became lacy leaves.


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