Offering colorful single flowers throughout the summer, these easy-to-grow plants resemble their cousins, the hollyhocks (Alcea). Use them in the back of the border, in combination with other annuals and perennials.
- Evergreen shrub.
- Zones US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8.
- Native to central and southeastern Europe.
- Flowers are purplish pink, 3 inches across, nearly everblooming (except in colder-winter zones).
- Barnsley has lighter pink flowers with deep pink centers.
- Red Rum grows about 45 feet tall and 34 feet wide, with deep pink flowers held on burgundy stems.
- Zones US, MS, LS, CS, TS; USDA 6-11.
- Mediterranean native reaches 36 feet tall and wide from spring-sown seed.
- Satiny flowers to 4 inches wide.
- Species is seldom seen in gardens; more commonly grown are named selections with blossoms in white, pink, or rosy carmine.
- Bloom extends from midsummer until frost if spent flowers are removed to halt seed production.
- Thin seedlings to allow each plant ample room to spread.
- Makes a colorful, fast-growing summer hedge or background planting.
- In mild-winter regions, can also be sown in autumn for winter-to-spring bloom.
- Compact (2- to 3 feet) selections include white 'Mont Blanc', rose-pink 'Mont Rose', and bright pink 'Silver Cup'.
- Ruby Regis, to 2 feet high and wide, has 3 inches flowers of deep rose veined in a deeper shade.
- Loveliness has similar blossoms but grows 34 feet tall and wide.