Fuchsias take their name from Leonhart Fuchs, a German botanist from the 16th century. They were named in his honour by a French priest named Plumier. A Fuchsia was first gifted to Kew in 1788 and from that point onwards they demanded attention.
Many hardy fuchsia plants and even the tender ones can make it through a winter with protection, providing years of candy-like colour.
In the early days, fuchsias had many small flowers, like elegant ballerinas with tiny tutus with their stamens resembling the legs of the dancers. As time passed, the fascination with breeding bigger and better resulted in larger flowering examples, often double in form. Both styles have their place in a garden.
Giant Flowering Trailing Voodoo exhibits all you expect from a Fuchsia with large rich purple and red blooms which delicately dance in baskets or borders. Few flowers 'do' purple so well! Pretty hardy in a sheltered spot, although worth protecting if Jack Frost sets in.
'Delta's Sarah' resembles more of the old fashioned slim-lined flower, hardy with intensive blue and white blooms. She can reach up to 1m in height and so a great choice long term for a border for year after year colour.
A popular dwarf variety, perfect for rockeries or pots and hardy to boot, is 'Tom Thumb' - mauve and pink/red single flowers en-masse from June until September.
For an exciting combination, why not plant your fuchsias with summer flowering annual petunias - the purples and pinks of our Suttons F1 Double Mix compliment the primary Fuchsia colours with ease.
Where to plant Fuchsia plants?
They prefer a moist but free-draining soil and are happy in partial shade to full sun.
- Any reasonable well-drained garden soil
- A sunny spot but with some shade during the day
How to grow and care for Fuchsia plants?
- Water regularly especially in hot weather
- They benefit from regular fertilising
- Trim the dead shoots off in spring