Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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DescriptionWith pink fringed petals and double blooms, 'Fiesta Time' hollyhock is a festive addition to the landscape. This cottage garden favorite is easier to manage than other hollyhocks. Why? Its stalks are shorter and sturdier (reaching 3'), so they are less likely to require staking. Perfect in large plantings for borders or against a fence for a wall of mid-summer color!
Hollyhocks (or Alcea) have long been an old-fashioned cottage garden staple. This sun-loving classic boasts vibrant flowers, tall stems, and prominent lower foliage, which makes quite a statement in the landscape. Hollyhocks are easy to grow in rich soil and are fairly low maintenance, only requiring a heavy trim after flowering. Even near black walnut trees, hollyhocks manage to find a way to shine. Plant it as a specimen or in masses for a tall wall of color that will never cease to impress.DetailsBotanical name: Alcea rosea ‘Fiesta Time’ Common name: Hollyhock Zone: 3-9 Sun exposure: Sun (6+ hours sun) Height x width: 3’ X 18-24" Flower color: Pink Foliage color: Green Season of Interest: Mid-Summer Bloom time: Mid-Summer Features: Proven winners, deer resistant, juglone tolerant, pollinator friendly Uses: Border, mass plantingsHow To GrowSoil: Rich, moist, well-drained soil. Light: Full sun Water: Average, keep well-watered until established, once established they can tolerate some drought. Spacing: 24 inches Fertilizing: Hollyhocks benefit from light fertilizer in the spring. Winterizing: prune back 6-8 inches above the ground before over-wintering. Additional mulching is optional. Hollyhocks are typically treated as a biennial or a short-lived perennial. Maintenance & Pruning: Prune back after flowering to 6-8 inches above the ground. Stalking may be required in high wind locations. Other: Hollyhocks are great self-seeders and can form colonies in the garden.