Use: Hollyhocks make a stunning backdrop for the cottage garden or perennial border and along a fence or wall as a screen. They combine attractively with tall growing phlox and peonies and many other species. Hollyhocks make long lasting cut flowers if you split the stem to improve water absorption.
Culture: They are officially biennials, but will often persist for a number of years. Once established, hollyhocks often grow spontaneously from seeds. Hollyhocks should be cut back right after flowering because the vitality of the plant is exhausted after it has gone to seed. An old plant rarely flowers as much as a new plant started from seed.