Whenever I am asked what my favorite summer flowers are, Hollyhocks are always in my “Top 5”.
When spring arrives and their tall stems start to grow, I eagerly anticipate the appearance of the first blooms.
Hollyhocks come in many different colors. I plant an assortment of colors every year and am always excited to see what color flower each hollyhock will produce.
This summer, I had quite a few pink hollyhocks.
Hummingbirds and butterflies particularly like the deep red hollyhocks.
In addition to pink and red, hollyhocks can be found in other colors such as apricot, purple, white, yellow and even black.
Lori Lee Frisch
Hollyhocks also come in “double forms”, which I love with their ruffled petals.
Hollyhocks are easily grown from seed. I allow my flowers to fade and let the seeds fall to the ground where they will come up the next year without any special attention from me. I always have hollyhocks blooming for me every year.
**The birds also enjoy the seeds too!**
Hollyhocks attract birds, butterflies and bees.
They are biennials, which means that they grow leaves during their first year and bloom the second year before going to seed and dying.
My favorite spot in my summer garden always has tall 4 – 8 ft. stalks of hollyhocks blooming.
Do you grow hollyhocks? What are your favorite colors?
For other favorite summer flowers, check out Birds & Bloom’s “Top Ten Old Fashioned Favorites”.