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More commonly known as hollyhocks, nothing says summer more than these tall spires of colourful blooms. Suitable for sunny sheltered spots such as at the back of borders or beside walls and fences. Will also cope in partial shade. However I've planted some in generally open ground and they are doing fine. Drought-tolerant and usually perennial although some may be biennal.

 

In early spring slugs tend to go for young leaves but disappear once the plant has established. Susceptible to rust I tend to take off any leaves that are showing this and dispose of them (not in the compost). There are sprays available which are said to eliminate this but I haven't used any.

 

Plants that have been grown from externally sourced seed should come true to name. There may be some colour variation in plants grown from seed collected from my garden. This is because the parent plants have been subject to open-pollination.

Alcea 'Chater's Double Mixed' £3.00

(9cm pot not available this year)

 

Frilly double flowers in a range of colours. I am unable to specify exactly what colours you will receive, so this is a bit like a 'lucky dip'. Seeds have been externally sourced. Will grow to around 1m tall with an approximate spread of 50cm. Prefers full sun in a sheltered spot.

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Alcea ficifolia yellow  £3.00 

(9cm pot not available this year)

 

Grown from externally sourced seeds, this hollyhock is also known as the fig-leaved or Antwerp hollyhock. Produces single, pale yellow flowers between June and July. Grows many stems from its base. Relatively rust-resistant. Prefers full sun with well-drained soil. Grows to around 1.8m with a spread of 60cm. Hardy.

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Alcea rosea creamy-pink £2.50 

(9cm pot available now)

 

Plants grown from seeds collected from my garden. Image is of the parent plant and will give an indication of what this plant will look like as seeds were subject to open-pollination. Grows to about 1m tall with a spread of 50cm and is hardy.

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Alcea rosea mid-pink with light eye  £2.50

(9cm pot available now)

 

Plants grown from seeds collected from my garden. Image is of the parent plant and will give an indication of what this plant will look like as seeds were subject to open-pollination. Grows to about 1m tall with a spread of 50cm and is hardy.

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Alcea rosea pale pink with dark eye £2.50 

(9cm pot available now)

 

Plants grown from seeds collected from my garden. Image is of the parent plant and will give an indication of what this plant will look like as seeds were subject to open-pollination. Grows to about 1m tall with a spread of 50cm and is hardy.

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Alcea rosea redy-pink £2.50 

(9cm pot coming soon)

 

Plants grown from seeds collected from my garden. Image is of the parent plant and will give an indication of what this plant will look like as seeds were subject to open-pollination. Grows to about 1m tall with a spread of 50cm and is hardy.

Alcea rosea white with pink flush £2.50 

(9cm pot available now)

 

Plants grown from seeds collected from my garden. Image is of the parent plant and will give an indication of what this plant will look like as seeds were subject to open-pollination. Grows to about 1m tall with a spread of 50cm and is hardy.

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Alcea rosea yellow with cream flush £2.50 

(9cm pot coming soon)

 

Plants grown from seeds collected from my garden. Image is of the parent plant and will give an indication of what this plant will look like as seeds were subject to open-pollination. Grows to about 1m tall with a spread of 50cm and is hardy.

Alcea rosea pink with light eye £2.50 

(9cm pot coming soon)

 

Plants grown from seeds collected from my garden. Image is of the parent plant and will give an indication of what this plant will look like as seeds were subject to open-pollination. Grows to about 1m tall with a spread of 50cm and is hardy.

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Alcea rosea pink with dark eye £2.50

(9cm pot coming soon)

 

Plants grown from seeds collected from my garden. Image is of the parent plant and will give an indication of what this plant will look like as seeds were subject to open-pollination. Grows to about 1m tall with a spread of 50cm and is hardy.

Alcea rosea 'Nigra' £3.00

(9cm pot sold out)

 

Black flowers rise up from clumps of lobed-green foliage. Flowers between June to July. Seeds externally sourced. All hollyhocks are prone to rust. Grows to around 2 metres tall with a spread of 60cm. Prefers a sheltered site in sun or partial shade. Hardy.

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Alcea rosea yellow with dark eye £2.50 

(9cm pot coming soon)

 

Plants grown from seeds collected from my garden. Image is of the parent plant and will give an indication of what this plant will look like as seeds were subject to open-pollination. Grows to about 1m tall with a spread of 50cm and is hardy.