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Inspired By My Pinterest Boards: This Year’s Category is GARDENING
A typical Cottage Garden Plant
Alcea, commonly known as hollyhocks, is a genus of about 60 species of flowering plants in the mallow family Malvaceae. That’s the scientific information in case your are one of those kind of people. For me, passionate about cottage gardening, hollyhocks are like a gateway plant into the garden of my dreams. Hollyhocks will remind you of your grandmother’s garden, white picket fences, American flags hanging on front porch and sitting on the stoop eating a slice of watermelon. Hollyhocks grow easily from seed. At the end of the season I cut stalks down and lay them on the ground to let the seed heads split open and self seed. They come in colors you can’t resist and deserve a spot at the back of your border, along a fence, beside the garage. See my board, English Cottage Gardening for more.