Often I purchase heirloom seeds from online vendors like Ebay. I love the very idea of fresh from my garden to yours. I especially like when they include collections of several types of seeds like poppies or hollyhocks. So a few years ago I bid on a collection of heirloom hollyhocks that included French hollyhocks. I have no idea who the seller was, but it was not a big seed company, but a gardener like myself.
I knew about French Hollyhocks. I had grow ‘Zebrina’ at my previous garden and knew how they stayed small and had long bloom times when happy. So when the collection included a pink variety, I was thrilled. As seen above, ‘Zebrina’ is a pale purple with dark veining. It is lovely, but I want to introduce you to ‘Windsor Castle’! Your going to love it!!
Windsor Castle is much deeper in color. A beautiful magenta with lush green foliage.
It is similar in height, at 3 ft. at the most in full bloom. It blooms all summer longs given full sun. They are pretty drought tolerant and have less rust spot issues than their larger hollyhock cousins.
One huge difference is this variety has about 4 times as many flowers. Each stem is FULL of blooms. A lovely effect…. and they are not hidden under the leaves as Zebrinas can be.
The colors are very dramatic and can be seen from across the garden easily.
A perfect cottage flower. So my question is? Why doesn’t everyone have it? I can hardly find any information online. Surely I am not the only one who grows this?
I will be collecting and saving my seeds this year. Maybe I will even contact a few growers and have them look into it. It would be a shame for this old fashioned beauty to disappear.
Here is a link to seeds I have found online… I am not familiar with any of this source, but the price seems reasonable.
It is interesting to me why this isn’t more widely grown and used in cottage gardens…. Don’t you agree?
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