Types of fuchsia plant

With over 100 different species and thousands of cultivated varieties to choose from, fuchsia flowers are one of the most popular choices for gardens. Fuchsia plants are chosen for their beautiful blooms. Their colors are typically rich and vivid, and they make the perfect focal point for any garden due to the fact that they typically bloom all the way from spring to the early fall season.

They typically produce flowers in a variety of pink, purple or white shades that generally contain a single or double set of blooms. There are also a wide variety of trailing fuchsias that are excellent for border walls.

With the high number of species of fuchsia available, it can often be difficult to make a choice. Here are 9 excellent choices for gorgeous garden fuchsias.

Hardy Fuchsia

This award-winning fuchsia is a mid-sized shrub that produces small, elegant leaves that almost look like gold and they sparkle in the sunlight. It will bloom from summer until the winter frosts come about. The foliage on the hardy fuchsia is almost as lovely as the flowers. It grows anywhere from 2-3 feet in height and enjoys full sun or just a few hours of shade. Hardy Fuchsia are perfect for border walls, cottage gardens, and coastal gardens. You should cut back any stems from last year’s flowers in order to keep it going strong year after year. They will thrive in hardiness zones 7-10 and can grow well even in soil that is sandy or contains a good deal of clay.

Tree Fuchsia

This flamboyant fuchsia is a bit rare, but worth the mention due to its exquisite pink, stringy blossoms that almost resemble exotic coral. The blooms start out small, usually in a lilac shade, before exploding into a burst of hot pink. It looks like a flower sparkler. While many fuchsia species are hybrids, the tree fuchsia is a true species. It generally only does well in zones 9-10.

Fuchsia Boliviana

This hybrid species is a real delight in the garden and its blooms can’t help but generate a coastal feel. It is enjoyed by gardeners because it starts blooming very quickly and its blooms continue to grow from summer to mid-fall. It is also a huge treat for hummingbirds and also has a very light scent. It is technically considered a shrub and will grow well in zones 9-11. Some varieties are even edible.

Fuchsia Fulgens

Known as the “brilliant fuchsia” due to its exquisite hanging red or pink blooms, it will stay in full bloom for most of the year before producing a fruit that is edible. It grows about 4-5 feet tall and will only do well in zones 10-11.

Paniculata

This shrubby fuchsia will grow well in zones 9-11. It is pollinated by instincts to grow back year after year. It will grow well in the sandy soil of heavy clay soils of coastal areas. It is a moderately rare fuchsia that produces edible fruit after blooming.

“Dollar Princess” Fuchsia

These fuchsias are enjoyed by gardeners because they grow equally well in either sun or shade. They have funky red and purple blooms and are very exotic in their appearance. They are also enjoyed by garners because they can survive through the winter season in a raised bed. It is technically a shrub that has wood-like branches that produce these hanging flowers. It will thrive in zones 2-11, making it an ideal choice for gardeners in almost every climate.

Seventh Heaven Fuchsia

This fuchsia produces double-blossom flowers that are said to resemble a pair of angel’s wings. Its flowers are typically white with a pink under-blossom. It will do well in zones 2-11 and will attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Aurea Fuchsia

The Aurea has delicate golden foliage that is just as lovely to look at as the red blooms that hang gently. It looks nice when paired with flowers that complement its deep, red flowers such as snapdragons. It will do well in full sun, partial sun or full shade. It also can grow well in sandy soil or soil with clay as long as the soil is consistently kept moist. It will do well in zones 6-10.

Swingtime Fuchsia

Excellent for hanging baskets, Swingtime fuchsias produce exquisite white petals that contain traces of a light red that then pops nicely against a darker red sub-petal. This hanging fuchsia produces flowers all up and down its hanging bloom. However, the most stunning, largest flowers are at the end of the stem. They will grow best in full sun or in partial shade and thrive in moist soil. They can be brought inside during the winter and tended to and then brought back out in mid-spring. They enjoy the heat and will grow best in zones 8-11.

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Fuchsias are a popular choice for summer bedding schemes and containers, due to their attractive, usually pendent flowers, borne from summer to autumn. Some are hardy enough to be used in perennial planting schemes, and may even be clipped into a low-growing hedge. All fuchsias benefit from fertile, moist but well-drained soil, in a sheltered spot in partial shade.

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All fuchsias benefit from fertile, moist but well-drained soil, in a sheltered spot in partial shade.
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Fuchsia ‘Army Nurse’

A hardy shrub fuchsia, bearing purple, semi-double flowers with red sepals, throughout summer. It’s well suited to growing in a mixed herbaceous border as well as containers.

Semi-double, purple and pink-red flowers of Fuchsia ‘Army Nurse’ 2

Fuchsia ‘Dollar Princess’

Bears small, double flowers with short, purple tubes and red sepals, in contrast with dark-green leaves. Grow it in pots on the patio in partial shade – plants should be overwintered indoors.

Small, double, deep-purple and pink flowers of Fuchsia ‘Dollar Princess’ 3

Fuchsia ‘Alice Hoffman’

A small, shrub fuchsia with bronze-tinged foliage and semi-double flowers with pink sepals and white-pink petals. Grow it in a mixed herbaceous border in part shade, or in a pot on a sheltered, part-shaded patio.

Pink and white, semi-double flowers of Fuchsia ‘Alice Hoffman’ 4

Fuchsia ‘Blands New Stripe’

A shrub fuchsia with a weeping habit. It bears unusual flowers with striped violet and pink petals and red sepals, in contrast with dark green foliage.

Striped violet and purple blooms, with red sepals, of weeping Fuchsia ‘Blands New Stripe’ 5

Fuchsia ‘Champagne Celebration’

A shrub fuchsia, bearing gorgeous flowers with flared, carmine-pink petals and pink-white sepals with very pointed tips.

Fuchsia ‘Champagne Celebration’ blooms, with carmine pink petals and pale pink sepals 6

Fuchsia ‘Genii’

A bushy, hardy fuchsia, bearing small, single flowers with narrow pink sepals and purple-red petals. The foliage is yellow-green.

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Flowers of Fuchsia ‘Genii’, with narrow pink sepals and purple-red petals 7

Fuchsia ‘Lady Boothby’

A hardy fuchsia with striking bicoloured flowers in aubergine and carmine-pink. It was bred from a Brazilian species in 1939 and named after the founder of the British Fuchsia Society.

Aubergine and carmine-pink flowers of Fuchsia ‘Lady Boothby’ 8

Fuchsia ‘Phyllis’

An upright, hardy fuchsia, bearing single and semi-double flowers with a rose-red sepals and deeper red petals. Plant it in a sheltered spot away from cold winter winds and give roots a thick mulch in autumn.

Semi-double flowers of Fuchsia ‘Phyllis’ 9

Fuchsia ‘President Barrie Nash’

An upright, bushy fuchsia with dark green leaves and elegant single flowers with narrow, pink sepals and darker petals.

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Fuchsia ‘Rapunzel’

A non-hardy, trailing bedding fuchsia, with stems of pretty white and purple flowers trailing to an incredible 60cm. It works well when grown as an annual bedding plant in pots, window boxes and hanging baskets.

Pale-pink and purple flowers of trailing Fuchsia ‘Rapunzel’

Late summer is often the best time to be out in the garden or on the patio with the onset of mostly milder temperatures and long, dry days. The busiest parts of the growing season have passed. It is time to relax and enjoy what you have created.

When planning and planting for blooms to enjoy in late summer, the hardy Fuchsia comes immediately to mind. For those with mixed garden conditions – some sun, some shade, some of everything in between – hardy Fuchsias are excellent for providing a continual source of color from late June until the first frosts of late October and November.

Hardy Fuchsias differ from your typical hanging basket displays in that they can be planted directly in the ground or in a container and have no trouble surviving our typical winters. The hardiest derive from Fuchsia magellanica, native to Chile and Argentina although there are many species from New Zealand and Tahiti as well. Hardy to temperatures as low as 0 degrees F, their flower power is unmatched. Add to that their superior attractiveness to hummingbirds and bees and you have a true garden performer.

Hardy Fuchsias like a rich soil with plenty of nutrients and water. They require a deep root system in order to give their best performance, so if planting in containers be sure to choose larger sizes. While Fuchsias are mostly planted in shade or partial shade, they do very well in considerable sun as long as they are not against a south or west wall with intense reflected heat.

Swansons is well known for our substantial hardy Fuchsia selection, which features many hard-to-find and unique varieties. Our buyers take great care in selecting local growers who are willing to grow specific varieties and sizes for us so that we can offer the best selection to our customers.

With over 20 varieties in stock during the selling season, there is an opportunity to pick anything from small, flowering dwarf types to five-foot tall shrub varieties that virtually can become small trees over time. Fuchsia flowers can be single or double and almost always have two-part flowers in combinations of red/purple, white/pink, pink/pink, pink/purple, white/cerise, and even white/orange. Small, edible fruits that are rich in vitamin C are produced on most varieties, great for making chutneys and jams.

One of the more intriguing smaller types is Fuchsia procumbens or Creeping Fuchsia. A dainty, bright green, rounded leaf carries exquisite multi-colored blooms reminiscent of a Passionflower. Growing less than 3 inches tall and 3 feet wide, it is a delightful container plant or small-scale groundcover under taller perennials or low shrubs in part to full shade.

Another useful dwarf is Fuchsia microphylla ‘Variegated Lottie Hobby’. An arching plant with light white-edged variegated leaves, it is perfect at the base of an upright shrub or spraying over the edge of a pot. It grows up to 2 feet high and 18 inches wide with tiny red flowers all summer and does best with protection from the afternoon sun.

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