Foxglove (digitalis purpurea), an old-fashioned flower. Folk names include folk's gloves, as people used to think fairies used the flowers for gloves. Gorgeous in an early summer border. Grows well in Northern California
How to Grow Hollyhocks Step-vert How to Grow Hollyhocks. Hollyhocks are generally considered a biennial. They grow leaves the first year and flower, seed and die the next. However, depending on growing conditions and the hardiness of the plants, they frequently live longer than 2 years; in some climates, they are more of a short-lived perennial. If you start hollyhocks indoors, or if you live in an area with a long growing season, there is a chance you could get flowers the first year.