Hollyhocks, an American Garden Staple
Hollyhocks recognized today are believed to be of Asian origin, because they are depicted in Chinese art as early as the 9th century, symbolizing passing time.
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They germinate easily, and at the end of the season you can collect seed for next year.
Among their great offerings is the vigorous black hollyhock that that once grew for Thomas Jefferson at Montecello. There is also the Crem De Cassis in a fabulous shade of rosy purple.
Take a look at their Hollyhock Single Old Fashioned Mix. This is a perfect starter sampler with a striking array of other luscious colors. The old single flowered strains that haven't been dwarfed by breeding are guaranteed to be the highlight of your summer garden.Hollyhocks belong in American gardens. They have stood against cabin walls and picket fences since colonial times. Whether saved by little slave girls, or gathered by a first time homeowner in Des Moines, these are flowers to capture your heart and ignite a passion for plants.
(Maureen Gilmer is a horticulturist and host of "Weekend Gardening" on DIY-Do It Yourself Network. For more information, visit : www.moplants.com or : www.DIYNetwork.com. Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service.)