Once established hardy Fuchsias need little maintenance. Growing outdoors they lose their foliage after frost and branches may or may not die back. However in spring they will send up fresh strong growing branches from the base or existing branch frameworks.
A big advantage of growing in the ground is that the unrestricted root run can produce an extremely floriferous plant.
All the varieties we have selected below have the RHS AGM award.
Hardy Fuchsia Tips
- Trim them back in late April not after flowering so that the twigs will protect the crowns from frost.
- Spring pruning allows you to assess how fiercely you want to prune. Hard for a compact bush, gently for a larger shrub.
- Generally having survived one winter Fuchsias will be successful for many years. All those below have been known to survive 5 years plus in the UK.
- Give Fuchsias a slow release fertiliser in spring after cutting back. Then an occasional watering if they are very dry is all the other treatment needed.
- Hardy Fuchsias come in a range of sizes, colours and shapes.
Smaller Hardy Fuchsias 1- 3 Feet Tall
- Son of Tom Thumb with carmine and red flowers
- Alice Hoffman with rose and white flowers and bronze tinged leaves.
- Chillerton Beauty a vigorous grower with pale pink and violet flowers.
- Conspicua deep red and white eye catching flowers
- Dollar Prinzessing 18 inches tall with double flowers.
- Genii with lime -yellow foliage and red stems but late flowering.
- Heidi Ann less hardy but magnificent
- Rufus the Red grows 24-30″ tall
Hardy Fuchsias 1- 3 Feet Wide
- Annabel pink and white flowers on a trailing habit.
- Empress of Prussia introduced in 1860
- Garden News double flowers and surprisingly hardy.
- Phyllis vigorous large leaved abundantly flowering plant
- Mrs Popple introduced 1899 so it is a survivor.
Other Hardy Fuchsias
- Hawkshead with white flowers and tall growing 3’plus.
- Margaret Brown strong growing with smaller flowers.
- Celia Smedley cream and flame coloured flowers on a strong plant
- Species Fuchsia magellanica Whiteknights Pearl
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