Garden Plants, How and where to grow them - Flowering Perennials / Shrub

Fuchsias - Hardy

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
  • Planting distance when used for hedging: 45cm, 18"
  • Clipped height: 1.2-2.5m, 4ft
  • Number of times to clip per season and when: 1, immediately after flowering
  • Pruning: Usually requires minimal pruning if not grown as a hedge, cut back after flowering or by autumn at the latest. Responds to renovation cut whole plant or 1 shoot in 3 back to 30cm, 12" of ground in spring.
  • : Responds to renovation?: Yes

 

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.


Complete Hardy Fuchsia garden ready collection - 6 varieties

£ 12.99

Elegant and beautiful, fuchsias are a must-have for any gardener. This wonderful collection of some of the best hardy shrub varieties gives you Six of the best from the wide range of colours they produce. The beautiful foliage ranges from lime to dark green, even cream tipped leaves. Flowering as early as June, theyll come alive with an explosion of pink, purples, reds, whites even blue the spectacular flowers hanging daintily from their stems. Perfect for borders, pots & containers, they will

Hardy Fuchsia 'Celia Smedley'

£ 10.95

The semi-hardy fuchsia 'Celia Smedley' has an abundance of wonderful reddish-purple flowers with striking white pistils. The flowers create a wild explosion of colours! This variety is fabulous for the garden but will also do very well on the patio or decking. In bloom it is a joy to behold! Even planted directly in the garden, this variety is hardy!

Hardy Fuchsia 'Celia Smedley'

£ 19.5

The semi-hardy fuchsia 'Celia Smedley' has an abundance of wonderful reddish-purple flowers with striking white pistils. The flowers create a wild explosion of colours! This variety is fabulous for the garden but will also do very well on the patio or decking. In bloom it is a joy to behold! Even planted directly in the garden, this variety is hardy!

Hardy Fuchsia Climbing Lady Boothby - 6 plants

£ 9.99

Fuchsia 'Lady Boothby' is a sensational new kind of Fuchsia, one that is both hardy to frosts, and appears to Climb. Reaching up to 1.5M in a season, its vigorous stems are covered in red and blue typical fuchsia flowers, making it ideal to grow up fences, walls and trellises. They have strong stems and are very upright growers, but may need some support in windy areas. Flowering from June through till first frosts of late Autumn, in milder Winters it will keep its leaves on, and in colder one

Winter Hardy Fuchsia 'Lady Thumb'

£ 19.95

Fuchsia 'Lady Thumb' is a rather unusual member of the fuchsia family because it does not mind the cold weather. Hardy Fuchsia 'Lady Thumb' is absolutely stunning when planted in a beautiful flower pot or planter and can be left outside planted the garden in winter. Delivery height 10-15 cm.

Winter Hardy Fuchsia 'Lady Thumb'

£ 10.95

Fuchsia 'Lady Thumb' is a rather unusual member of the fuchsia family because it does not mind the cold weather. Hardy Fuchsia 'Lady Thumb' is absolutely stunning when planted in a beautiful flower pot or planter and can be left outside planted the garden in winter. Delivery height 10-15 cm.


Questions about Fuchsia - Hardy

Q.  I have just bought the new climbing fuchsia Lady Boothby and would be pleased if you could tell me if and when I need to cut it back. Many thanks.

A. Cut stems back by about a third in the autumn after flowering has ended, you can renovate it in the spring after a few years when it has established well by cutting some stems (1 in 3) back to 6-12" above ground level.
Lady Boothby is a very hardy plant so can be left outdoors all year round. It is the world's only climbing Fuchsia and can grow as high as 5m.









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