Tree Mallow, Veronica (Speedwell), Hollyhock

The tree mallow (Lavatera ‘Red Rum’) is next to the fountain.

tree mallow: Lavatera 'Red Rum'

tree mallow: Lavatera ‘Red Rum’

tree mallow: Lavatera 'Red Rum'

tree mallow: Lavatera ‘Red Rum’

This veronica (Veronica spicata ‘Heidekind’) looks very similar to a salvia.

Veronica spicata 'Heidekind': speedwell

Veronica spicata ‘Heidekind’: speedwell

Two hollyhocks were planted in the rose garden last year. This one, Alcea rosea annua ‘Spring Celebrities Crimson’, is blooming this year. The other one, a purple one, is not dead, but only consists of a few leaves a few inches off of the ground. Hollyhocks generally don’t do well in the Pacific Northwest – they get a rust (fungus). Last year when we bought the plants at the hardware store we were willing to treat them like annuals.

hollyhock: Alcea rosea annua 'Spring Celebrities Crimson'

hollyhock: Alcea rosea annua ‘Spring Celebrities Crimson’