ALCEA FICIFOLIA 'COTTAGE MIXED'
This is the sensible alternative to ordinary hollyhocks if you have rust problems. The vigorous multi-branching stems are generously laden with typical hollyhock flowers in all colours from white to crimson, but they carry rounded fig-shaped leaves which are very rust-resistant indeed.
For best results, sow immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. We sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination, as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, often waiting for natural spring germination, hence giving them a full season of growth.