Pros: Fordhook Giant Hollyhocks are ideal for planting in beds where vertical interest is desired
Cons: none noted
Fordhook Giant Hollyhock Mix produces some of the more showy stalks of vibrant color in the - cottage garden. Hollyhocks with their tie to ages past provide a robust accent plant evocative of those heirloom gardens or cottage borders many of us remember from child hood trips to the homes of our Grandparents where flowers and vegetables were the mainstay of the gardening activity.
Today Fordhook Giant Hollyhocks and their hefty 4-5 inch rounded flowers provide a wide variety of color in the garden for up to 2 months during midsummer. The tall stalks, ranging up to 6 feet will produce masses of reds and pinks, purples, yellow and white blossoms. While Hollyhocks are hardy in planting zones from 2-10 they belong to the Plant Category classed as herbaceous biennials or short-lived perennials.
One nice thing about hollyhocks is their propensity toward self seeding despite the label as short lived. Many of the plants I see in my yard today are the descendants of those I first seeded several years ago.
Because Hollyhocks are tolerant of black walnut toxins they are a good choice for planting in those areas near and around black walnut trees where other plants do not grow.
Hollyhocks prefer rich, well-drained soil and full sun however, I do grow them here in this dreadful clay stuff we have in our yard. I do add hay, and whinny poo and everything I can to the stuff to turn this growable loam. Light shade is tolerated by hollyhocks, however they do not last into winter.
Fordhook Giant Hollyhocks are ideal for planting in beds where vertical interest is desired in the planting area. Foliage of large rough textured leaves provide a generally attractive appearance for most of the season.
While hollyhocks do not need a lot of care, deadheading wilted blossoms does promote continue flowering and should be carried on during the blooming season. To promote self-sown seedlings I leave some blossoms on the lower area of stalks toward the end of the season. As the seeds mature and fall they will produce the new plantings come spring. Division is not generally needed - individual hollyhock plants are short lived. Self sowing takes place regularly causing hollyhock clumps to often appear perennial in nature.
Fordhook Giant Hollyhock Mix ensures that seed scattered outdoors during late spring through early fall will grow easily for blooms the following August. Plants propagated indoors can be planted for blossoms later the same year.
Hollyhocks do not often require staking except in high-wind or very rainy areas, although, even living in Tornado Alley as I do, I have yet to stake hollyhocks in my garden where they are planted thickly at the back of the bed to provide height and a visual wall for the shorter plantings in front.
A leading name among gardeners is Burpee, and their trial farms at Fordhook Farms. This Fordhook Giant Hollyhock Mixture of seeds can be counted upon to produce robust, blossom bearing plants having a variety of colors all through the blooming season. Happy to recommend.
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Fordhook Giant Hollyhock Mix 50 Seeds - Alcea - Perennial
Hardy in zones 4-8
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Of interest to those who enjoy history and gardening: FROM THE FOODHOOK FARM SITE: Dating from the 1798 census: Fordhook Farm is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Fordhook Farm is a sixty acre farm situated on the north corner of Lower State Road and New Britain Road in Doylestown, Bucks County, PA.
The "cottage" and seed house were built to the northwest and west of the main house by W. Atlee Burpee in the 1890s and as such are representative of late Victorian frame architecture. The two greenhouses to the southwest of the main house were constructed by the Burpee Company in the early twentieth century and continue to be used today by Delaware Valley College.
Beginning in 1888 the farm played an integral part in the development of the Burpee Seed Company into the nation's foremost seed business. Fordhook Farm was the first experimental and seed production farm in the Burpee Seed Company.
Although the Burpee company acquired many properties, Fordhook Farm best represents the historical importance of the firm. Only Fordhook Farm represents the full range of experimentation and sales practices that brought Burpee Seed Company its national prominence.
Seed trials and production were critical to the success of the firm, and Fordhook Farm was the primary seed trial and production farm for the company from the late nineteenth through the early twentieth century.