Chaters Double Mixed Hollyhock

Chater's Double Mixed Hollyhock

Alcea rosea Chater's Double Mixed


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From the classic name in Hollyhocks comes the best mix of double-flowered varieties on tall, sturdy stems! Chater's Double Mixed is a premium strain of big, pompon-shaped blooms in all colors, opening from round buds from midsummer into early fall. For majestic color in the sunny border, there is simply nothing like them!

William Chater was a Victorian nurseryman who at one time offered more than 100 varieties of Hollyhock in a single season! The leading breeder of his time, his Hollyhocks were shown at the Great Exhibition and before the Royal Horticulture Society, collecting awards and admiration everywhere they went. More importantly, they were the first dependably double strains to grow from seed, and had a perennial rather than a shorter-lived (biennial) habit.

The blooms arise in all shades of red, rose, pink, light purple, salmon, apricot, cream, yellow, and white -- bright, long-lasting, and simply packed with petals in a perfect pompon shape! They are borne all along the stem, held above the foliage for maximum showiness. Brilliant in the garden or the vase, they make fine companions to Roses, Peonies, and more!

Chater's Double Mixed self-sows reliably, starting new plants each spring if allowed to go to seed the previous fall. (Seed may also be collected from the plant in autumn and then sown where you want it to grow.) Very hardy, they die back in winter (cut the foliage to the ground and keep the area free of garden debris) and then reappear in spring, with large basal foliage and extra-strong flower spikes!

Both butterflies and hummingbirds are attracted to these plants, which adds to the beauty of any garden. Expect the stalks to reach 6 feet high, in need of something to hold them up or lean on! They may be tied with string against a fence or other vertical support, allowed to loll over a low wall or picket fence, or simply grown behind shorter perennials and shrubs in the border, where they will tower majestically!

Like all Hollyhocks, Chater's Double Mixed loves sunshine and very rich, well-drained soil. This is a barnyard plant, volunteering in manure-rich soils on homesteads, so give it plenty of well-composted soil, keep it watered, and watch it take off. Once established, it is somewhat drought-tolerant, but it will not bloom its best without good garden soil. Pamper it and watch it flourish!

Chater's Double Hollyhocks should be planted 24 to 30 inches apart in rich, moist garden soil. Exceptionally cold-hardy, they happily endure the severe winters of zone 2, yet are content as far south as zone 8.

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Planting:

Set out plants 2 to 2 and 1/2 feet apart in either spring or fall. A moist, well-drained soil and full sun are preferred – if necessary add compost and coarse sand to lighten heavy clay soil. Set crowns slightly below the surface of the soil.


Maintenance:

Keep well-watered during periods of drought. Hollyhocks may require staking to protect them against strong winds. Hollyhocks may tend to be rather short lived and require replacement every few years.


Zones:

Zones 3 to 9

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