In my garden the hollyhocks are just starting to come through and I’m so happy to have them back again after moving house in 2013 (having had to wait a year as they flower the next year). I just love the wide array of colours and really love the height they can give to a border. They are also incredibly bee friendly.
I know they do need some maintenance but a summer’s not the same without them! I’ve found that cutting off rusty leaves and mulching with compost has made them much healthier than being left to their own devices. They are supposed to be drought-tolerant but when it is really hot I do make sure they are watered well.
What plants really make your summer come alive for you?
Read more about hollyhocks at suburban-garden.