Answer: I think your hollyhocks are showing some transplant stress. Even though you were careful in planting, hollyhocks resent being moved and will sulk for a while. For the most part, hollyhocks are biennial. This means they will grow the first year, and flower the second year. After they flower, they will die. The seeds they drop into the soil will come up the following year. I don't think all is lost with your hollyhock. Give it a little more time and it should perk up. If not, sow seeds early next spring in their places.
Best wishes with your garden!
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