Black hollyhocks make a statement

Black hollyhocks make a statement

Black hollyhocks make a statement
Black hollyhocks make a statement:  Hollyhocks also known as Alcea,  not only create bright,  dependable color in the summer garden.   They also provide many practical uses for your property.
Hollyhocks are garden classics and it is awesome to also include some dramatic black hollyhocks.

Hollyhocks grow to be about 5 feet and taller, making them perfect for creating a colorful backdrop in the border of your garden.  Cover ugly panels and other unsightly views on your property, by planting hollyhocks.
They also attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden.

Most flowers are deep purples,  when speaking of the dark species,  but there is something odd and fascinating about coming across a flower that appears to be an endless hue of black.

Like the colour blue,  black does not occur frequently in natural foliage.
Both colours rely on a chemical called anthocyanin, which turn them black.

These darkly coloured blooms add intrigue to any arrangement or garden, whether or not they are truly black.
Stefania del Zotto writes,  “A pure black flower is the Holy Grail to all flower breeders”.
Black hollyhocks make absolutely gorgeous bouquets.

Once they die down in the fall, hollyhock stems can be used as firewood.
Embodying the essence of mystery, this flower also made its way into the public consciousness.
Having the impressive name of  “Black Magic”  hollyhock,  this variety of plants is a velvety bluish-purple, making for a unique deep hue.

Hollyhocks are an old-fashioned garden flower that many enjoy growing in their gardens.
Hollyhocks are very drought resistant and do well in full sun locations.

How to treat rust in hollyhocks
Rust is one problem that is common with hollyhocks.
Hollyhock rust is a fungal disease that often plagues these flowers during the growing season.

Hollyhock rust symptoms are easy to notice.  The upper leaf surface develops numerous yellow spots.
Orange-brown blister-like spots also appear under the leaves.
The spores can be carried by the wind and splashing water to nearby plant parts.

There are many control measures that can be taken that will break the disease cycle.
In the fall clean up,  cut the stalks back to ground level.   Clean up all fallen leaves around the plants.
Remove the plant material from the area.

Hollyhocks are attractive flowers for the garden.  With a good clean-up in the fall,  you will significantly help reduce rust problems in hollyhocks.

These black hollyhocks will make a statement in your garden, which will be a topic of conversation for a long time.


Black hollyhocks make a statement






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