Gorgeous Hollyhock Bush

Hollyhock BushI planted this perennial Hollyhock bush years ago–and it just keeps amazing me! When most people think of the hollyhock, they think of the flower, and I have those, too, but the bush is my favorite.

It’s a beautiful plant, and the flowers are huge all over the bush, with many flower buds still preparing themselves.

The Hollyhock bush really doesn’t need that much care. Once it’s planted in a sunny spot, all I do it cut back the dead in the fall–to the ground.  Each year, it comes back and grows even larger than the last year.

hhbush2Sadly, the only characteristic I don’t like about this plant is the fact that the flowers do not do well once they are cut. They will die very quickly.

But, if the blooms are left alone on the bush, they will last quite a while.

These will attract bees and butterflies, but not deer, so they are a wonderful addition to your garden.  Hollyhocks are associated with fruitfulness, and with the size of these blooms, no interpretation of that meaning is needed!

Happy Gardening!

 

King Tut Grass

tutKing Tut grass is an annual up here in zone 5, but I buy it every year because I love this plant! It is an evergreen, so it’s not really a grass, but it certainly looks like a graceful grass.

It can be planted in the ground or in a pot. My father plants his in the yard each year near his front porch. This year, I placed it in a pot with a slight roof overhang above to protect it a bit–I’m so glad I did! With all of the thunderstorms we’ve been having, it could have been damaged this year.

King Tut prefers a sunny to partially sunny area, and it loves water. It does have to be watered every day, unless rain handles it for you.

It can grow quite tall, so it can work to hide unsightly areas around the house.

I have mine planted with a canna, petunias, trailing petunias, and geraniums.  Sadly, it won’t winter over in the house, either, but it’s worth the five dollars I spend each summer!

Happy Gardening!