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.

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.

Questions about Fuchsias - 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.

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