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Hollyhocks provide excellent architectural height in the garden and make good backdrops for lower growing perennials. Try growing them in the cottage garden style by planting them up against a wall or picket fence. Though their stalks are very strong, they may need to be staked if they are planted in a windy site.

Hollyhocks will grow in average, medium, well-drained soils, although they prefer rich, moist, well-drained soil. Tolerant of short drought periods, but not wet soils in winter. They need full sun to really perform in the landscape.

Deadheading flowers and removing flower spikes after bloom will encourage plants to reseed.

Attributes: Border plants, Cut flower, Dried flower, Mass Planting, Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Hollyhocks provide excellent architectural height in the garden and make good backdrops for lower growing perennials. Though their stalks are very strong, they may need to be staked if they are planted in a windy site, unless planted against a wall or picket fence. Tolerant of the toxic Black Walnut trees juglone that is emitted through the trees' roots.

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