A Gallery of Fuchsias
|'Arete Upright Arroyo' Grande is a new addition this year, purchased on the bargain rack at Fred Meyer, and it was performed spectacularly. Very profuse bloomer!|
|'Autumnale' has beautiful flowers but it is the multi-colored foliage that is the star of the plant.|
|'Cardinal' is one of the largest and most hardy fuchsias. I have read that it can attain a height of 8'. Ours has easily surpassed 5 ft. this year. We have it planted underneath our dogwood tree. It would probably do even better with a bit more sun.|
|'Delta's Sarah' was recommended by Anna (Flutter & Hum) and I really love the color combination on this one.|
|'Enstone' is another fuchsia that is grown more for the foliage than the blooms...|
|although the blooms are perfectly lovely.|
|Another favorite, because of the tremendous amount of fat blooms, is 'Garden News'.|
|A longtime favorite, and one that actually did okay in Alabama, is 'Gartenmesiter Bonstadt'.|
|'Lady Boothby' is very narrow and tall.|
|'Neon Tricolor' has been a very shy bloomer. Not sure if this one will be a keeper.|
|'Shrimp Cocktail' is simply stunning, one of my favorites.|
|'Veriscolor' has very unusual foliage with pale, gray/green leaves.|
|One of my absolute favorites is 'Winston Churchill' which has plump blooms and the most stunning color combination. Even the buds are gorgeous.|
Michael's tips on growing fuchsias in pots:
Water daily if there has been no rain. If pots dry out, submerge the whole pot in a large bucket of water and let it sit there until the bubbles stop forming.
Fertilize weekly or about every 10 days (we like to use Jack's Blossom Buster 10-30-20).
Some taller varieties (like 'Lady Boothby') need to be staked to look their best.
They will sulk on hot days and don't really like temperatures over 80. On really hot days (say above 85), watering twice a day is recommended and mist the foliage with water as well.
Some varieties need more shade than others. I am constantly experimenting and moving pots around until I find the perfect spot for specific varieties.
Before frost, move pots to a garage or basement. Water sparingly throughout the winter and bring them back out next spring. Hardier varieties can be planted in the ground. Plant them deeply and mulch well.
Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy