Growing Hollyhocks is something new here at My Garden Path. Several of these double ruffled purple Vietnamese Hollyhocks were purchased and planted earlier this Spring.
They are so frilly and full of blooms providing some vertical beauty against the plain wood fence. The tops of some of the plants have died back after blooming and setting seed. A little trim seems to cause them to start growing again from the bottom of the plant. This is a learning process.
Anyone have any words of wisdom about these gorgeous flowers? I have saved some seeds hoping to keep them growing and blooming here.
This single pink with the radiant throat was one of three seedlings given to me last Spring. The other two never matured and this one didn't start showing signs of growth until this Spring.
I am so glad this one persevered. I think it's my favorite. The color is so vibrant and that golden throat seems to be radiating sunshine. When the seeds set on this one, they are definitely getting saved.
Looks like the bees find these flowers alluring as well. I've been told that these are different from the Hollyhocks grown "up north" in that they will withstand our Florida heat and humidity. I'm sure hoping they do well here. If anyone has experience with these please fill me in! In the meantime I'm going to have fun experimenting.