× Alcalthaea suffrutescens 'Parkrondell'
hollyhock (Syn Alcea × Althaea Parkrondell)
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- Position: full sun
- Soil: moderately-fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: June and July
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A cottage garden favourite, hollyhocks come in every colour except purple and blue, which makes them useful companions for many other cottage-style plants. They are a magnet for bees and butterflies, too. This one has tall spires of lavender-pink flowers with darker pink veins throughout summer, which emerge from rosettes of dark green leaves. Its perfect for adding vertical interest to a sunny, well-drained border.
- Garden care: Water well during dry spells. All hollyhocks are pront to rust. To prevent rust this either spray with Bordeaux Mixture (organic) or Murphy Tumbleblite (non-organic) before the trouble appears, and repeat a couple of times during the summer. In autumn, cut the plants back to 15cm (6in) from the ground. As the plants are tall they will need to be staked as they grow.
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I have had this lovely plant for 3 years and taken cuttings successfully. Flowers for months into the early winter and very attractive to bees and other insects.
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Q:When should I plant Delphiniums, Foxgloves and Hollyhocks, and what will I gett in a pot?
Hi there, I have a brand new, small, garden (approx. 36' by 30') and am in the process of creating borders. I'm aiming for fairly deep borders as I would like loads of cottage garden flowers. I am thinking of having a few evergreen / deciduous shrubs here and there to form some permanent interest. My gardening knowledge is more or less at the 'beginner' stage so I need some advice please. Is it okay to plant the shrubs now as long as the ground isn't frozen? When should I plant the perennials and annuals? Spring time? When I order for example Hollyhocks, Delphiniums and Foxgloves, and what do I get in the pot? Is it one plant that will produce one flowerhead? If I wanted to make a big colour impact, would I need to order loads of each plant? I look forward to hearing from you. Many thanks, LynnAsked on 10/12/2009 by Wilson Lynn
A:Hello Lynn, You can plant any fully hardy plant at any time of the year
as long as the ground is not frozen, but the ideal times are spring or
autumn. Annuals only live for 1 year, some will flower in winter, while
others flower in summer, so the planting time will depend on what type
they are. As for the herbaceous perennials, these can be planted anytime
as long as they are hardy, you will get 1 plant per pot. Each plant and
species will produce flowers in different way. The ones you mention
will generally produce 1 main flowerspike and a couple of smaller
side-shoots, and if you cut them back when they start to fade you can
often encourage a second flush later in the year. Finally then, if you
want big impact, then yes you will need a lot of plants. I hope this
helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 11/12/2009 by Wilson Lynn
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