I grow the single variety hollyhocks because I used to have problems with the plants living through our sometimes forty below zero winter temperatures. Then I read somewhere that the single types are hardier than the doubles, and some years ago I planted one packet of single hollyhock seeds and have had no problems with overwintering hollyhocks since. Sometimes I collect and scatter a few of the dried seeds, but mostly my hollyhocks re-seed themselves.
I love my hollyhocks! Especially when most of the other plants in the garden have shut down and are getting ready for the long winter ahead, and the hollyhock stalks are still full of blooms.
I love the simplicity of the flowers and especially the way the colors and flower types change each year… here are just a few of this year’s blooms.
And finally, because I can’t resist taking pictures of the bees, here is someone who enjoys the hollyhocks as much as I do!