July’s plant of the month at suburban-garden is Alcea rosea otherwise known as the hollyhock.
I just love the wide array of colours and really love the height they can give to a border. Some have already flowered while others are still waiting to open. These plants are also incredibly bumblebee 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 leaving them pretty much to their own devices is much more beneficial for them. 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.