- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June to October
- Hardiness: borderline hardy ( may need winter protection)
Small, single, scarlet and dark purple flowers hang from arching stems from June to October among bronze tinted, dark green leaves. In frost-free areas this upright, hardy fuchsia makes a lovely, long-flowering, informal hedge. It performs best in fertile, moist, well-drained soil in partial shade with protection from cold, drying winds.
- Garden care: To encourage bushy growth, pinch out the growing tips of young plants after the sixth or seventh pair of leaves. During the growing season water regularly, applying a balanced liquid fertiliser each month. Cut back to the permanent framework in early spring.
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Q:Plant for a difficult North East corner
Dear Helen Please can you help me? I have a space next to my front door that is crying out for a pretty plant. It measures about a metre square. However I am struggling to find something that will grow. It is North East facing and pretty much permanently in the shade. The soil is very moist due to being right on top of the soakaway from the guttering. It is good soil though. I would like a climber of some sort, but not one that will get out of control too quickly. Can you help me please? Regards KathrynAsked on 8/4/2010 by kathryn
A:Hello Kathryn, I'm afraid the conditions you describe are far from ideal, so you will struggle to get something to grow - especially something that is not too tough and vigorous. I would consider using the climbing Hydrangea as although it will eventually get quite big it is quite slow getting started. Alternatively opt for a flowering shrub like a hardier Fuchsia. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 8/4/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Screening plants that are wildlife friendly
Hi, Hope you can help? I'm looking for some plants that will help screen the bottom of my garden from the neighbours,- it's not a large garden. I like plants that are great for birds, butterflies, bees, etc. but not too neat looking, and for any soil and weather condition. We have had Buddlejas, but fancy a change. Look forward to hearing from you. Kindest regards WendyAsked on 28/2/2010 by Anonymous
A:Hello Wendy, There are several things that spring to mind - here are some of my favourites:- Rosa glauca http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/roses/shrub-rose/bush-rose/other-shrub-rose/rosa-glauca-/classid.2337/ Cornus alba Elegantissima http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/cornus-alba-elegantissima/classid.959/ Cotoneaster http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/cotoneaster-frigidus-cornubia/classid.1020/ Fuchsia Riccartonii http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/fuchsia-riccartonii/classid.3874/ I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 2/3/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Hello, My 'Pink Pearl' Fuchsia bush needs to be cut back- it's very overgrown and untidy, but I have no idea when I should do this. Can you help? IreneAsked on 20/11/2009 by Irene
A:Hello Irene, In really cold areas, this should be trimmed now by cutting all the stems back by a third, but in milder areas, you should wait until the new growth is emerging in spring. It may tolerate a harder prune in spring, however it can be risky and you may lose it. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 20/11/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Fuchsia are they hardy?
Dear Sirs, I bought three Fuchias from you and would like to know if I need to cut them back? Do I have to bring them inside during the winter months or do I just use garden fleece around the roots?-I would hate to lose them. If you could be so kind and let me know. ThanksAsked on 7/10/2009 by Susan Hill
A:Hello There, We do have some information on our site, so just click on the following link to go straight to it. F. Riccartonii http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/fuchsia-riccartonii/classid.3874/ F. magellanica var. Molinae http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/fuchsia-magellanica-var.-molinae/classid.77713/ You have chosen some of the hardiest ones, but how much protection you need to give them will depend on where you live. I am in central London and mine stay out throughout the year without protection and they have had snow on the several times. If however you live in a colder part of the country, or your soil remains boggy for any length of time, then you should pot them up into larger pots and keep them in a sheltered spot (such as against the wall of a house) throughout winter. Young plants left outside will appreciate a blanket of fleece if temperatures really drop. As for pruning, you should cut them back in spring. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 12/10/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Will Fuchsias attract the bees?
I am keen to plant bee attracting flowers though have very limited bed space. I have one small bed with Fuschias. Are these attractive to bees? I would appreciate your advice. Sincerely, RuthAsked on 30/7/2009 by Ruth Boswell
A:Hello Ruth, Honeybees love most of the Fuchsias, so they make an excellent choice for a shadier bed.Answered on 31/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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