I saw about a billion kinds of flowers in Florida, but I gotta tell ya, the ones I "ooo'd and awe'd" we're the hollyhocks at Epcot. I love old fashioned flowers, and the longer I work on my beds the more daring I get with heights. I think the large spikes are so pretty. My house sets up fairly high and this year I am hoping to be able to look out and see flowers higher than my windows. And one of the main ones I want more of is hollyhocks.
Last year I bought a bag of bare-root hh's and only three of the six came up and they never bloomed. But this year they popped up and have several leafs already. I have no idea what kind or color they even are, I have long since lost the info.
But in about 6 weeks or so we will have our spring flowers sale at the county garden club and I am hoping there will be some hh's brought in. I look so forward to it every year....it is like a yard sale, but plants! Heaven!!
There are several new varieties of them out now, this is one I had never seen, but if you know the name... let me know.
This is Zebrina, the one hollyhock I have a ton of, and love it. It does not require any staking and reseeds HEAVILY, but I don't mind. It is a pretty striped purple and good foilage. Plus it moves easily and is a good pass along plant.
Anyway, I thought you might like to think about adding a few hollyhocks to your garden this year too.
You can usually find them fairly cheap and I have seen seed online. I will go another round this week to my garden center, then I may order it. It will be next year till it would bloom, but I can wait...lol. This last picture is my favorite... I'd take it all...just as it is... I have just the spot!!!! Lol...
Happy gardening! ~Brooke