The Q&A Archives: Interplanting With Hollyhocks

Question: I have some hollyhocks growing on the west side of the garage. They give the area the color and interest that I wanted. However, they look very ragged by the time they reach the end of their bloom period. I understand that hollyhocks are prone to fungus and insects which I assume are part of the problem, but I'd also like to have something in the bed with them that will keep blooming after I remove the spent hollyhock stalks. Do you have suggestions for what might be nice interplanted with the hollyhocks for late summer and early fall?

Answer: You might consider planting an annual vine on a trellis behind the hollyhocks. By the time the hollyhocks have finished blooming, the vines will be lush and full. You could also try galdiolas planted at intervals in the spring, or dahlias for a great late season display. Remember to leave the hollyhocks plenty of room for good air circulation.

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