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Hollyhock, Country Romance Mix

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A hard-to-find old-fashioned perennial.

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This is the old-fashioned perennial hollyhock that is so hard to find. Try it along a fence or plant with verbascum for a special look. A blend of rose, white, maroon, yellow and pink, large 3-5" single flowers are produced abundantly on stalks 5-7 ft. high from July to September. Grows best in full sun.
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.


Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

60-84 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

18-24 inches

Bloom Season The time of the year when this product normally blooms.

Fall, Summer

Resistant To Adverse garden conditions, such as heat or frost, deer or rabbits, that this product can tolerate well.

Cold, Rabbit

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  • Hollyhock

    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    First Date: Mar-07 - Last Date: Mar-21
    First Date: Mar-28 - Last Date: May-16
    First Date: Sep-17 - Last Date: Oct-29

Hollyhock may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost, or sown directly in the garden in early summer, or planted from potted plants.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. In frost-free areas, sow in late winter indoors to flower the same year.
  • In a warm well-lighted area sow seeds in seed starting formula and barely cover as light aids germination.
  • Keep the soil moist at 70-75 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 2 pairs of true leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • Sow hollyhock seeds in a cold frame or protected seedbed in the early summer.
  • In rows 6 inches apart, just press seeds into the soil. Keep moist and protect from the sun.
  • Seedlings emerge in 12-21 days.

Planting Potted Plants in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun with well-drained, moist soil enriched with plenty of organic matter.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12, inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
  • The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
  • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Unpot the plant and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root growth. Be careful with hollyhocks as they have tap roots that may be easily damaged.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For perennials, an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Careful watering is essential in getting perennials off to a good start. Water thoroughly at least once a week to help new roots grow down deeply. Soil should be damp at about 1 inch below the soil surface. You can check this by sticking your finger in the soil. Water early in the morning to give all leaves enough time to dry. One inch of rain or watering per week is recommended for most perennial plants. You can check to see if you need to add water by using a rain gauge.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary. Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Taller varieties may require staking to prevent them from falling over in the wind.
  • “Deadhead”, remove spent flower heads to encourage continuous flowering and prevent seed development.
  • Remove and discard foliage after a hard frost in fall.
  • In colder regions, apply another layer of mulch (1-2 inches) after the ground freezes in fall. Evergreen boughs (from Christmas trees) provide additional protection. Remove this mulch in the spring.
  • Hollyhock does not divide well as it has a tap root which is easily damaged in transplanting. To propagate allow some flowers to go to seed and move any seedlings where you want them when they are small.
  • Many gardeners do not cut back perennial flower seed heads in the fall, but wait until early spring before the new foliage appears. This provides food for wildlife over the winter.
  • Be sure to give hollyhocks plenty of air circulation as rust can be a serious disease issue otherwise.
  • Hollyhocks may be short lived perennials, but they often seed themselves.
Full Sun
60-84 inches
18-24 inches
Bloom Season
Fall, Summer
Resistant To
Cold, Rabbit
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Cut Flowers
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Life Cycle
Hollyhock, Country Romance Mix is rated 3.2 out of 5 by 26.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not as advertised I purchased four Country Romance Mix Hollyhock plants. I planted all four in the same bed. Two bloomed, both (so much for 'mix') with very pale yellow petals and dark red centers (not the prettiest combination). The blooms are not very big, either. Nothing like the product picture. The other two didn't bloom at all. Healthy plants, but no blooms. Very disappointed.
Date published: 2019-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Country Romance Hollyhocks from Seeds I bought a package of seeds late last spring and planted 3 to 4 in little pots. After they had a few leaves I transplanted them to their permanent home along a fence. Having started so late, and having read that they often do not bloom the first year, I was not disappointed that I had no flowers last year. We had a pretty windy storm in February that pulled up the weed prevention fabric that my roommate had put down, so i did not expect hollyhocks this year. I was so pleasantly surprised that I have many (too many too close to each other) hollyhocks this spring. Most of the plants have buds on top, and they look like they will bloom any day now. The soil they are planted in is right behind a natural "wetlands" area that has heavy vegetation during warm months that dries up and decomposes. It is never cleared away, so maybe that is why they are doing so well. This pick was taken a few days ago.
Date published: 2019-06-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The leaves are green Hollyhocks are biannual plants, flowering every other year. I guess I got the off year. The plants, four of them, are about 18 inches talll, nice green leaves and no flowers. Oh well, I'll wait to next year and maybe will be able to change my rating.
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect for an English Garden It's disappointing to hear negative reviews. My plants grew over 8' tall in the second year. I grew mine in peat pellets, then transferred to pots for ~2 months before transplanting to the garden. Plants that went from peat to garden bloomed this year, but also received limited direct sun; they are only 2' tall. My only complaint is that these plants are magnets for rust fungus, but that's how it goes with hollyhocks. Don't overcrowd them (as I did in photo 1) or you will be sorry.
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from seeds I bought twenty seed packets. I had about five flowers actually grow. I will not buy from you again.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely, but variety isn't guarenteed I planted these in the fall of 2015, so this is their second growing season. It took a while to establish- last year, they bloomed, but not significantly. They are just barely getting enough sun to qualify as a 'full sun' spot. I am quite pleased, and happy with this addition to my garden. If the color of the 4 plants had varied more, I'd give it 5 stars. I understand perennials aren't planted for the first season. You won't get a gorgeous display that first year. Plant them in the fall to give them a couple of seasons to grow roots before they experience the heat of summer. By the second growing season, you'll be richly rewarded for your patience. The attached photo shows many, many flower stalks from the original 4 plants, 1 month after our last freeze.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Where are the polnators? Yard full of polinators. Why haven't they found these wonderful huge plants??
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed I bought these in the spring. 5 months later the hollyhocks are not even afoot tall and I have not seen one flower. So disappointed.
Date published: 2016-09-19
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