Hollyhock – Althaea, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

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Hollyhock – Althaea

A constant, old-fashioned
garden favorite ! Hollyhocks have been universally admired
for hundreds of years They are stately, majestic, towering
plants that add beauty wherever they are grown. What
other plant has so stately a habit or so many clear,
lovely colors a In single plants or in masses against
walls or buildings, in groups at the back or rear of
the perennial border, interspersed with low shrubbery
or in bold masses along drives or walks, they are alike
effective Many fine plants will give their fullest effects
the first year, so they are planted to advantage in
the newly made garden when the trees and shrubs are
low and the general effect is too bare of color and

There are singles and doubles.
The doubles are popular, but the singles are always
admired because of their simple beauty and individuality.
A group of well grown Hollyhocks in bloom is worth going
to see. It is really the color that we look for, because
the leaves are large, coarse and grow mostly in clumps
at the base of the plant. The long spikes of flowers
grow from. 5 feet to 8 feet high and there are usually
from five to nine blossoms in bloom on each well grown
stalk. The average size is about 2 inches or 3 inches
across, but 5-inch blooms can be had if good attention
is given. The colors range from white to almost black
and include shades of pink, flesh, rose-pink, salmon-rose,
golden yellow, canary-yellow, dark red, purple-crimson,
dark maroon, white and combinations of practically all
these colors with either white centers or white margins.
The blooming period is from late June through September.
Fringed petaled sorts are catalogued as Allegheny Hollyhocks
and are exquisite. There are also annual sorts which
may be depended upon to bloom the same year they are

UTILIZE. Hollyhocks at the
present time have a great landscape value to hide unsightly
places, to work in the border, or among the trees and
shrubs. They are also used for cut flowers, but wilt
very rapidly.

GENERAL. They require a deeply
dug, well-drained soil made up of equal portions of
good loam and leafmold. Well decayed manure is good
also to mix in the soil. They should be planted in a
warm place and given plenty of water during dry weather.

PROPAGATION. As the seeds
ripen in August they should be sown in light soil and
the seedlings grown in coldframes during the Winter.
The ground should be well prepared and the plants put
in just as early as the ground can be worked. Hollyhocks
self-sow very rapidly.

DISEASES. Hollyhocks, where
grown for a number of years in the same place, are troubled
with a rust. It causes little trouble, however, among
vigorous young plants. A mixture of lime and sulphur
blown under the leaves will prevent any serious outbreak.
Bordeaux mixture is also effective. Badly infested plants
should be dug and burned. Keep down the growth of the
Mallow-like weeds. Much of the trouble with the rust
is eliminated if the seed is sown as advised in August
instead of Spring.

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