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July 12, 2023

Hollyhock - An Outhouse Plant

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Before indoor plumbing was a thing, hollyhocks were planted near outhouses to mask their smell and provide a pretty visual barrier. These heirloom flowers grow tall and make a fantastic addition to large garden spaces.

Deer-resistant and butterfly-attracting, delphiniums also make great cut flowers and their seeds are loved by songbirds. Propagating and growing large numbers are easy processes.


Hollyhocks, perennials in the mallow family, add height and color to cottage gardens. With their wide array of colors, hollyhocks are easy to grow from seed or transplant nursery starts. Maintenance requirements for them are low. Hollyhocks thrive best in full sun with well-draining soil amended with organic matter; wind should also be protected from as this may damage their roots; for optimal performance they need support such as fencing or trellises for best growth results.

Hollyhock plants prefer sunny locations, though partial shade will do just as well as long as there is adequate sunlight. Hollyhocks thrive in all soil types but especially those that are organically amended and richer. Hollyhocks don't need much water; just keep their first few weeks after planting consistently moist; soggy conditions may encourage fungal diseases like rust to flourish if overwatered!

Hollyhocks can thrive under various environmental conditions, from dry spells and frost to frost. Hollyhocks typically grow biennially, producing leaves one year and tall flower stalks the following. In colder climates they can even be grown as perennials if protected with a trellis or fence.

Rudbeckia laciniata

Rudbeckia laciniata is an herbaceous perennial plant resembling a daisy with an open and spreading habit, featuring individual or cluster-like flowerheads shaped like daisies that reach 2-3" across. Each flowerhead boasts an individual, nubby globular central cone surrounded by 6-12 clear yellow oblong ray florets; as these mature and fade, their central cone will take on more of a pincushion-like form before becoming light green once immature; lower and middle leaves feature stalk-free leaves with shallowly to deeply lobed surfaces with shallow to deep lobed surfaces; these leaves glaucous or whitish-green coloring; making these perennial perennial plants well worth their while in terms of appearance alone!

The potted succulent is an exceptionally hardy plant, needing only minimal care to thrive. It thrives in wet soils, seasonal flooding, heat and humidity conditions as well as typically being pest and disease free. Furthermore, its frost resistance guarantees reliable blooming performances during harsh weather. Plus it can spread aggressively via long underground rhizomes!

Rosebay Willowherb makes an ideal addition to cottage gardens, wildflower meadows and shade gardens alike. Additionally, it makes an excellent mixed garden border or background plant in larger landscapes; native and butterfly gardens love it; plus it makes an eye-catching accent plant in rain gardens and stormwater management projects - not forgetting its ability to act as a great companion plant with shrubs such as Aster novi-belgii, Caulophyllum thalictroides and Penstemon cardinalis!

Rudbeckia hirta

The perennial wildflower commonly known as Black-eyed Susan features flexible lance-shaped leaves with bright yellow ray flowers surrounding a chocolate brown cone. A great choice for naturalized gardens and meadows alike, Black-eyed Susan can also be found growing in sandy soils, gravel gardens or disturbed sites like old fields or roadside right-of-ways.

Rudbeckia hirta prefers full sun and requires a site that has moist but well-drained soil, yet can tolerate dry conditions if soil looseness allows it. Over-fertilization should be avoided since too much fertilizer can result in powdery mildew or other diseases; pollinators such as bees, butterflies and wasps also enjoy pollinating these flowers while their seeds attract goldfinches and songbirds as well as caterpillars of Silvery Checkerspot butterfly caterpillars!

Find an array of cultivars ranging in colors from golden yellow to orange and deep bronze with ease. Plants can reach heights between 3 and 4 feet high with spread of 2 to 3 feet; perfect companion plants include Asclepias tuberosa, Coreopsis tripteris and Echinacea purpurea.

These flowers flourish easily in sunny garden beds or meadow-style gardens, adding bright splashes of colour in late summer landscapes. It can also be used as part of cottage gardens, deer-resistant landscapes and native plant restoration projects; moreover it makes an attractive butterfly nectar garden or groundcover planting choice.

Rudbeckia rosmarinifolia

Rudbeckia is an expansive genus of perennials, biennials and annuals commonly referred to as Black-eyed Susans or Brown-eyed Susans that inhabit meadowlands and woodlands across North America and Europe. Their flowers resemble daisies but with deeper yellow petals and black or dark brown centers; some varieties feature slightly reflexed or drooping petals enclosing cone-shaped centers disks with multiple colors blooming throughout summer months. Rudbeckia can thrive in most soil types and conditions as they attract butterflies as well as wildlife; making these plants great additions for native planting schemes or additions!

Some varieties are more robust and long-lived than others, like the Indian Summer variety that produces large 6-9" flowers on sturdy stems that bloom consistently each season, a bit taller than its classic Black-eyed Susan cousins. When planted early spring it will flower immediately and is quite weather resistant.

"Cherokee Sunset" is another reliable cultivar with striking, bold and variable flowers that boast four inch semi-double or double semi-double blooms that display orange, yellow, bronze, red and mahogany shades - and can often last into fall with less heat sensitivity than its Autumn Colors counterpart.

Consider also 'Toto Gold', which is an extremely compact cultivar with height reaching 18-23" and width reaching 12-18". Its flowers boast subtler rays than classic Black-eyed Susan flowers but still boast bright yellow petals with dark brown centers; making this cultivar an excellent choice for small gardens, containers and cut flower arrangements.