Cre­ate a bor­der ‘backbone’ with some gor­geous gi­ants

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HOL­LY­HOCKS are tra­di­tional cot­tage gar­den plants. Tall, ro­bust yet some­how del­i­cate, and with a wide range of colours and styles, these hardy peren­ni­als can grow to more than 96in (2.4m) tall.

This week’s free seeds are for ‘Gi­ant Sin­gle Mixed’ hol­ly­hocks in a range of vi­brant colours. Sow them now, thinly, into trays or mod­ules of damp com­post.

Cover with a lit­tle more com­post and keep them some­where light and warm un­til they ger­mi­nate in 2-4 weeks. Then move them into larger pots when they are large enough to trans­plant.

You can also sow them out­side in a pre­pared seedbed. Thin the seedlings when they are large enough and plant them in their fi­nal po­si­tions in au­tumn.

Your hol­ly­hocks will flower beau­ti­fully next sum­mer. In ex­posed ar­eas it will pay to cover young plants with a cloche dur­ing the worst of the win­ter weather.

These sin­gle mixed hol­ly­hocks will bring stat­uesque beauty to your bor­ders

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