Fuchsia Friday


'Little Giant'

It has been a while since I've posted photos of our fuchsias. We have lots on the deck in containers. Many were overwintered in the garage. However, I've learned that they are so slow to regain their growth and start blooming again, that I think it might be best to just purchase new ones every year. Some are cold hardy and I've transplanted several in the ground (one of them is 'Little Giant' pictured above).

Some others growing in the garden are:



'Lady Boothby' can be considered a climber. It is scrambling up our paperbark maple and has so far reached at least six feet.


'Lady Boothby'


'Queen Esther'

'Santa Claus'

'Hawkshead' - one of my favorites. It is all white and about 3' tall.


And some of the potted fuchsias -


'June Bride'

'Shrimp Cocktail'

'Delta's Sarah'


'Whiteknights Pearl'

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. Love them all. They are beautiful, Phillip. When I was growing up Fuchsias were everywhere in Southern California. Everyone seemed to have them in their gardens.

    The plants we remember from childhood somehow seem more special.

  2. One of my first gardening loves. I will never forget the first fuchsia I ever saw and it has always been my favorite.

  3. I do love my Fuchsias ! It is hard to find some of the more interesting named varieties here in California I remember the days back before Fuchsia gall mite when the selection was abundant. I get most of mine now mail order from Joy Creek. I'm intrigued by Lady Boothby -I may have to seek her out !

  4. Such pretty ballerinas!
    I try to persuade myself that if we throw away cut flowers, it's ok to throw away old plants too. It's hard though.

  5. A nice collection. I'm not growing fuchsia, but than again, never say never.
    I'm fascinated with the photo of 'Shrimp Cocktail': is the two-tone of the flower unique to that specific bloom? The out-of-focus bloom next to it seems to have no stripe.


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