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Plant hollyhocks near a fence or wall as a windbreak or plan to stake them.

Hollyhocks (Alcea rosea) are tall, short-lived perennial plants in many flower colors. Flowers can be single or doubled in whites, yellows, pinks, reds, and even the darkest burgundy that bloom from June through September. A member of the mallow family, hollyhocks are hardy between USDA plant hardiness zones 3 to 8. Our hardiness zone is 6.

Plan where you want to plant the hollyhocks. Hollyhocks need sunlight to thrive. You’ll want to find a place that protects them from the hottest afternoon sun while still giving them at least a half-day of direct sunlight. If you live where it is windy, find a place where there is a barrier to protect the tall, thick stalks from breaking. If you are not going to plant them near a wall or fence, select an area with enough space to be staked.

Charlotte Welliver is a Penn State Extension Master Gardener of Columbia County. She has been a Master Gardener since 2010.

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