It's worth the effort it takes to rig supports at planting time for the tall garden plants.
Relatively self-reliant standbys such as hollyhocks, cleome, cosmos, and sunflowers are still
vulnerable to gusty winds, heavy summer downpours, running kids and dogs or stray flying
objects like soccer balls. Tie single-stemmed plants individually. Use green bamboo stakes or
equally sturdy sticks long enough to be within six inches of the mature height of the plant
after being sunk in the ground 10 or 12 inches. Fasten the stem to the stake with unobtrusive
green string or plant ties wrapped first around the stake, then loosely around the stem then
back to the stake.