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hollyhock
Hollyhocks are one of a variety of perennials that are used in cottage style gardens because of their loose, carefree look and beautiful large blooms that attract bees and butterflies. Many are heirlooms that have been used in country gardens for centuries.

Want to add some height to your cottage garden? Consider including hollyhock (Alcea rosea), which blooms over a long period in summer. Depending on cultivar, its blooms come in singles and doubles in shades of lavender, pink, purple, red, salmon, apricot, white and yellow.

The fast-growing hollyhock can reach up to 8 feet in height, and its blooms also attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Hollyhock is a biennial or short-lived perennial but reseeds itself readily in the garden.

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