FREE SEEDS: HOLLYHOCK
Create a border ‘backbone’ with some gorgeous giants
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