Fuchsias - Hardy
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Hardy Fuchsias can be used as hedging or in the shrub border, their flowers are similar in shape to the half-hardy varieties, though usually smaller.
Fuchsias can be grown in sun or semi-shade. They need moisture, the leaves are quite thin and soft and can be burnt by too much direct sunshine.
Height and spread: up to 3m x 3m (10ft x 10ft) but very variable by variety and typically plants are half this size when mature.
Position: sun / semi shade
Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
Rate of growth: average
Flowering period: May to October
Flower colour: two shades of white, red, pink and purple. The outer layer is usually recurved sepal with the true petals forming a central corolla, long stamens and anthers frequently protrude.
Hardiness: frost hardy, not suitable for very exposed positions
Garden care: Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering. In mid- or late spring lightly cut back any shoots that spoil the symmetry of the plant. After pruning apply a generous 5-7 cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant
Uses - Specimen / Hedging / mixed border
Just how do you spell this name!?
This genus of plants is named after the botanist Leonhart Fuchs, so adding "ia" for Fuchsia makes it more Latin-like. Other similar examples are Joseph Banks and Banksia and Louis Antoine de Bougainville and Bougainvillea.
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