Posted: 31/07/2012 at 15:11
Hi All, My hollyhocks have been decimated by rust this year. I normally get a little bit but its just been stupid this year. The plants are half of what they normally are.Spraying has been totally useless as it was never dry for more then a day or so.
Can I replant holly hocks in the same place or will the spores over winter in the soil and just reinfect me all over again?
Do the rust reistant ones actally resist rust?
Or anyone have any other suggestions for another plant that might work well in stead.
Its a south facing garden and the beds are in full sun, mainly clay soil, but has been very well worked over the years so lovely and well draining.
I like the height of holly hocks and the length of time they flower for allowing me to effectivly screen the flat down stairs patio doors during the summer as its a shared garden (the people down stairs dont utilise the garden at all apart from hanging washing out so have free reign to do nearly what ever i want )
couldn't get away with anything perminate like a wall (as much as I would love to) or even shrubs so perenials are perfect, we dont sit in the garden much between Oct & March, so just need something that will that will work late spring right throug to early Autunm.
i am rubbish at growing sweet peas so please dont suggest wigwams of SPs
oh and i am skint right now, so nothing expensive and I work long hours so nothing too needy