Sometimes known as garden mallow, lavatera flowers bloom on compact plants. These flowers closely resemble that of hollyhocks, but come in a much more narrow range of colors. Winter sowing lavatera is ridiculously easy, and will definitely yield some wonderful results if grown in the right climate.
The level of cold tolerance of lavatera plants will vary depending upon where you live. Here in my garden, I’ve had some mixed results with trying to over winter this plant. While it does demonstrate a little bit of cold tolerance, it definitely doesn’t survive unprotected through the winter. This coming fall, I really hope that I have the opportunity to try overwintering in in the low tunnel or in the hoop house.
Winter sowing lavatera in my garden is usually done around mid February. The seeds are generally very quick to germinate from this planting. After germination, the seedlings continue to grow. I usually plant the seedlings into the garden around early April. Planting early is really important when growing lavatera, as they really seem to struggle to maintain bloom once the hot summer temperatures arrive.
Even though lavatera can be a little bit difficult to grow here in the spring, these cute little flowers work really well in cut flower arrangements. As always, make certain to do your own research before growing new varieties of flowers within your own garden. Safety first!