Giant plant dominates Brookmans Park garden

PUBLISHED: 11:26 06 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:48 06 July 2017

Gabriella Bazzoffi and Vittoria Cox with the 11ft tall hollyhock. Picture: Danny Loo

Gabriella Bazzoffi and Vittoria Cox with the 11ft tall hollyhock. Picture: Danny Loo

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A keen Welwyn Hatfield gardener has managed to grow a hollyhock that has reached the impressive height of 11 feet.

Gabriella Bazzoffi and Vittoria Cox with the 11ft tall hollyhock. Picture: Danny Loo Gabriella Bazzoffi and Vittoria Cox with the 11ft tall hollyhock. Picture: Danny Loo

Vittoria Cox of Kentish Lane, near Brookmans Park, planted the hollyhock, related to wild mallow, three years ago, but it now needs to be tethered from her first floor bathroom window for support.

She said: “It just grows and grows. It is ridiculous.

“I would very much like to know if anybody has managed to grow a bigger one.”

Although she ensures the plant is well watered, she does not use any kind of fertiliser or food, and believes it benefits from a low level of soil nutrients in that part of her garden.

The top of the 11ft tall hollyhock reaches the first floor of the house. Picture: Danny Loo The top of the 11ft tall hollyhock reaches the first floor of the house. Picture: Danny Loo

Mrs Cox added: “My garden is four and a half acres, and I spend as much time in it as I can. At the moment, it looks pretty stunning.”

There are about 60 species of hollyhocks, classified scientifically as the Alcea genus, native to Europe and Asia.

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