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4010 Mt Diablo Blvd.
Lafayette, CA, 94549

Located in the Bay Area, CA, we're a family-owned garden center offering unusual and hard-to-find plants & gifts. Established 1946.

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Old Fashioned Hollyhocks

Lauren Brookhart


Hollyhocks are a quintessential old fashioned garden favorite. Growing up to 10 feet tall, their stalks of single, free-seeding blooms adorned our grandmother's backyard.

They were also planted in the 19th century to screen outhouses. Abundant and long-blooming hollyhocks would signal to women where the facilities were without having to inquire. Thus prim ladies would state they were "going to see the hollyhocks" rather than announce their true intention. 

Our 'Outhouse' variety includes pink, white, red, and burgundy flowers, some with contrasting centers. Fairly drought tolerant, although Hollyhocks will perform best with ample moisture and rich soil. Plant these pollinator attractors and deer resistant flowers in full sun.


Don't miss our other outstanding varieties now available in our outdoor shop. 'Chater's Double' boasts tall, elegant spires of gorgeous peony-shaped double blossoms that are stunning in fresh or dried bouquets! Plant 'The Watchman' along your fence and enjoy stunning blooms in a black satiny hue, and we love the unusual fig leaf-shaped foliage of the 'Happy Lights' variety with richly colored petals!

A biennial, now is the best time to plant for foliage this fall and bountiful blooms this spring. We love Hollyhocks for their prolific reseeding, a bonus that will ensure your garden is full of beautiful flowers year after year! Stop in and sow your seeds today!