The cultivated ground that had been cleared of trees, ivy and weeds grew a range of mainly native plants including clary, Salvia sclarea, herb Robert, Geranium robertianum, and hollyhock, Alcea rosea
Wine-tinted cornflowers, chocolate-scented cosmos and tall dark hollyhocks such as the nearly black Alcea rosea
`Nigra' can all add depth to the border.
"Nigra" has stout six- foot stems studded all the way up with deep chocolate maroon rosettes, typically hollyhock in shape, but much more glamorous than the usual candy colours.
COPY CAT: Hollyhocks or Alcea rosea
are short-lived perennials or biennials that thrive in rich, moisture-retentive soil and in a sunny spot against a house wall where they can benefit from the reflective heat.
There are 60 species of hollyhock but the main garden favourite, thought to have some rust resistance, is Alcea rosea
, with flowers of purple, pink, red, white or yellow.
There are 60 species but the main garden favourite, thought to have some rust resistance, is Alcea rosea
, also known as Althaea rosea, with flowers of purple, pink, red, white or yellow on long stems.