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How to plant Hollyhock seeds
Hollyhocks are sturdy, stately, old fashioned plants that flower over a long summer season. They attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Will usually reseed and return year after year. Winter hardy to zone 3.
Large, double, flattened, peony shaped flowers. Plants are biennials or short-lived perennials. Average garden height is 5-6 feet. With plenty of water and nutrients, growing 10-12 foot tall giants is possible. We are pleased to offer the following excellent, often seldom seen varieties.
William Chater (1802-1885) through his Saffron Walden Nursery in England revolutionized the growing of hollyhocks, with the release of his 1847 seed catalog. Offered for the first time, were reliably double hollyhock flowers of uncommon size and substance, in colors not previously seen.
Pure white, large, double flowers. Plants grow to 6 feet tall. Combines beautifully with Temptress Purple' Verbascum.
Large, fully double yellow flowers.
Grows nicely with: 'Milkmaid' Butterfly Weed.
Five to six inch, fully double, scarlet blooms on 6 foot tall plants. Grows nicely with: 'Pacific Giant Series' Delphinium.
Fully double, maroon blooms up to 6 inches across, on easy to grow 6 foot tall plants.
Reddish-Blue double flowers up to 5-6 inches across on vigorous, 6 foot tall plants. Combines beautifully with 'Amber Wheels' Gaillardia.
Double, 5-6 inch flowers in an extremely wide range of colors.
Enormous salmon flowers with apricot-pink highlights. 'Salmon Queen' hollyhock grows nicely with: 'Pantaloons' Foxglove.
Large, glowing, double salmon-pink flowers mixed with pure white, double flowers.
Large, ruffled, pastel pink blooms, shading softer at the edges. Blooms over a long summer season. Grows to 5-6 feet tall.
The dwarf 2.5-3 foot tall plants, show terrific branching from the base, and are bushy, compact, and heavy blooming. They will flower the first season (when planted in winter or early spring), producing 2.5-3 inch semi-double to fully double flowers about 4 months after sowing. Seeds planted in the summer months, flower the following season. Can be grown in containers as small as 8 inches, or grow at the front of mixed borders. Winter hardy to zone 5.
A formulated mix of seven non-fade colors, in shades of carmine-rose, crimson, lemon, lilac, pink, purple, and white.
Beautiful, large, double, lemon-yellow blooms up to 3 inches across. We consider Spring Celebrities Lemon one of the real 'stars' of the series, as the flowers are not hidden by foliage, and plants show great resistance to rust and mildew.
Bold, bright, 2.5-3 inch, ruffled flowers will not fade. Flowers appear outside of the foliage, and plants show tremendous resistance to rust and mildew. A genuine star of the 'Spring Celebrities' series, and a Fleuroselect Gold Medal winner.
Large, ruffled, rose colored double flowers.
Rich apricot flowers are large, frilled, and double.
Large frilled, double crimson rose blooms.
Large white flowers are frilled and double.
Purple pink flowers. are large, frilled, and double.
Large, frilly double flowers in an especially appealing shade of lilac pink.
Sturdy, dwarf, 3 foot tall plants produce stunning, double, fringed, rose-pink blooms during their first summer from seed. A beautiful choice for containers,mass plantings, or mixed borders.
Large, semi-double and fully double, frilly blooms on dwarf, 2 foot tall plants. Excellent at the front of borders or in containers. Biennial, if started early will bloom the first year. A great garden performer.
Three to four inch double flowers on 2-3 foot tall plants. In as little as 3-4 months from seed, plants can be brought into bloom.
Flowers in shades of lilac rose, red, white, rose, yellow, purple, and salmon.
Double reddish-purple flowers. An All-America Selections Winner.
An heirloom with semi-double, violet-purple, veined flowers with darker centers. Grows 5-6 feet tall.
A mixture of 2-4 inch, single, semi-double, and double flowers in rich shades of black currant edged in white. Grows 5-6 feet tall.
Feathery, fully double flowers in shades of peach and apple-blossom on sturdy, 5 foot tall plants. Flowers its first summer.
A wonderful mix of fully double peony shaped flowers in crimson, pink, red, yellow, white and rose. Sturdy plants grow to 5 feet tall and bloom over a very long season. Flowers the first year from seed. Packet is 50 seeds. Jumbo packet is 250 seeds.
Seed stock collected from around the world has been reselected and hybridized in Germany for 18 years. The wait has been long, however the results have recently been released and are extraordinary; the first true perennial single hollyhock series. Plants grow to 6 feet tall and flower from late spring through early fall. Flowers the first year when started early. Winter hardy to zone 3. Combines beautifully with Yellow Coneflower, 'Ivory Towers' Joe-Pye Weed.
Single flowers of the darkest, purple-black.
'Blacknight grows nicely with: 'Soulmate' Butterfly Weed.
Large, pure white flowers with yellow eyes.
Large, brilliant red, single blooms.
Tall, bushy, 6 foot plants produce beautiful, large, 4-5 inch flowers with brightly colored 'halo' centers from July to September. Flowers the first year. Self-sows. Winter hardy to zone 3.
Large, brilliant, deep lavender-colored flowers with dark red centers.
Large, vivid crimson flowers shading to white at the edges, with yellow 'halo' centers.
Tall, bushy, 6 foot plants produce beautiful, large, 5 inch, white blooms with lemon-yellow centers from early summer, and continues well into the fall. First year flowering. Combines beautifully with 'Southern Charm' Verbascum.
Large, single and semi-double flowers in shades of deep rose, pink, salmon-pink and white on 6-7 foot plants. Once known as "Outhouse Hollyhocks" because they were tall enough to screen what wasn't wished to be seen. Flowers the first year from midsummer through September.
'Turkish Wild' is a rare hollyhock species from Turkey which carries a profusion of elegant, soft orchid, saucer-shaped flowers from May to September. Grows to 6 feet tall. Biennial. Winter hardy to zone 3. Combines beautifully with 'Apricot Beauty' Foxglove.
True perennial hollyhock grows 6-7 feet tall, large 3-5 inch flowers May to October. Contains rich variety of deep flower colors; yellow, copper, pink, red, and white. Flowers first year. Much less susceptible to rust than most hollyhocks, exceptionally cold hardy. Winter hardy to zone 2. Antwerp Fig Leaf Hollyhocks grow beautifully with 'Giant Yellow Herold' Foxglove.
This sensational, true perennial species produces very large, yellow single flowers from May to September. Grows 6-7 feet tall and is extremely resistant to rust. A healthy, vigorous, heavy flowering hollyhock which deserves a prominent position in the garden. Winter hardy to zone 3.
Sow hollyhock seeds in 2 inch pots or cell packs, press into soil and lightly cover. Kept at 70-75° F., germination is in 14-28 days. Can direct sow into prepared seed beds in groups of 3-4 seeds, spaced 2-3 feet apart. Thin to strongest plant. See Starting Your Seeds for more information.
Comments: Full sun; part sun in hottest climates. Hollyhock plants perform best in fertile soil with regular moisture. Irrigate from below and provide good air circulation. True perennial hollyhocks noted in description; most are biennials, or short-lived perennials. Many hollyhocks flower the first season when started early. After flowering, cut back plants hard, to within a few inches of the ground. Continue to water and fertilize; plants repeat bloom in late summer and fall. Single flower hollyhocks attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Hollyhock plants will often self sow.