Vigorous, heat-tolerant plants reach a uniform height and are topped by excellent-quality, closely set blooms in a comprehensive array of colours. Flowers well under long days. Versatile snaps are useful as both a landscape series and as field-grown cut flowers. Planting early, the home gardener can get two crops of stems.
Plant hollyhocks in groups of 8 to 12, setting them about two feet apart. They will grow into a stunning solid mass, making a dramatic vertical statement on a grand scale. Many gardeners like the effect of single colors in a group. To orchestrate this, buy seeds of single colors and grow them apart.
I'm happy to be obsessing about the garden again, it beats obsessing over my manuscript, or submissions, or the economy. I had to return 7 hollyhocks, both purple cone flowers and two deutzia because there is no room for them in my tiny garden. Someone save me from my grand schemes!
I have an appointment today with my primary care physician to find out what is causing this pinched nerve -- wish me luck --