Garden Plants, How and where to grow them - Flowering Perennial / 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.
- 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.
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.
Photo credits: (numbering left to right top to bottom) 1-Christine Matthews - Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license. / 2-Christine Matthews1 - Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license. / 3-Dominicus Johannes Bergsma - Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. / 4-Emoke Denes - Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license. 5 / 5-Frank Wales - Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license.