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Exotic fuchsia is a fascinating flower, with lovely hanging lanternlike flowers in magentas, pinks, purples, and whites. If you're lucky, your fuchsia will attract hummingbirds. There are several types of fuchsia on the market. The most familiar to many gardeners are those grown in hanging baskets in the North. Recently, plant breeders have released a series of upright fuchsias with smaller flowers, often in shades of orange and red.
Fuchsias are actually tender perennials grown as annuals outside tropical regions. Plant them outside in spring after all danger of frost has passed. They need rich, well-drained soil and ample moisture. They do best in areas with cool summers; they don't like heat, humidity, or drought.
Shown above: 'Diva White' fuchsia
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more varieties for Fuchsia
'Black Prince' fuchsia
Fuchsia 'Black Prince' is a compact, upright variety that bears single dark violet-and-red flowers all summer long. It offers good heat tolerance and grows 2 feet tall and wide. Zones 8-10
Fuchsia 'Blacky' is an upright shrub with semidouble flowers that have red sepals and a skirt of almost-black petals. It grows 2 feet tall and wide. Zones 8-10
'Blush of Dawn' fuchsia
Fuchsia 'Blush of Dawn' bears gorgeous double pink and silvery-lavender flowers. It trails to 18 inches and grows 24 inches wide. Zones 8-10
'Dark Eyes' fuchsia
Fuchsia 'Dark Eyes' bears double purple flowers with cerise-red sepals on a plant that trails 2 feet and grows 30 inches wide. It tolerates heat well. Zones 8-10
'Diva Coral and White' fuchsia
Fuchsia 'Diva Coral and White' features bright coral blooms with pendulous white petals on a compact, floriferous plant to 10 inches tall and wide. Zones 8-10
'Diva White' fuchsia
Fuchsia 'Diva White' bears pink-blushed white flowers on mounding plants that grow 10 inches tall and wide. Zones 8-10
'Gartenmeister Bonstedt' fuchsia
Fuchsia 'Gartenmeister Bonstedt' bears orange-red flowers and dark green-purple leaves on an upright, heat-tolerant plant that grows 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. Zone 10
Fuchsia 'Genii' is an upright selection that bears single pink-and-violet flowers. It grows 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. Zones 8-10
'Harry Gray' fuchsia
Fuchsia 'Harry Gray' is a trailing selection with double white flowers that bear a soft pink blush. It cascades 2 feet and grows 2 feet wide. Zones 8-10
'Indian Maid' fuchsia
Fuchsia 'Indian Maid' is a compact selection with double red-and-purple flowers on trailing 18-inch stems. It grows 24 inches wide and tolerates heat better than many varieties. Zones 8-10
Fuchsia 'Marinka' shows off lots of red-and-pink flowers on trailing stems. It grows 24 inches wide and tolerates heat well. Zones 8-10
'Miss California' fuchsia
Fuchsia 'Miss California' is an upright grower that offers semidouble pink flowers and grows 18 inches tall and wide. It has good heat tolerance. Zones 8-10
'Shadow Dancer Ginger' fuchsia
Fuchsia 'Shadow Dancer Ginger' offers peachy-pink-and-white flowers on compact plants that grow 1 foot tall and 2 feet wide. Zones 8-10
Fuchsia 'Southgate' is a long-blooming, heat-tolerant selection with double pale pink flowers. It trails to 2 feet and grows 2 feet wide. Zones 8-10
Fuchsia 'Swingtime' is a popular heat-tolerant variety that grows vigorously and blooms profusely with double red-and-white flowers. It reaches 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Zones 8-10
Fuchsia 'Trailblazer' is a trailing variety to 2 feet with an abundance of double pink flowers. It grows 2 feet wide. Zones 8-10
Fuchsia 'Voodoo' is a floriferous variety with large double, red-and-violet flowers and good heat tolerance. It grows 15 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Zones 8-10
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Browallia earns its nicknames of amethyst flower and sapphire flower for the richness of its small blue flowers, which pop out like jewels against the bright green of its foliage. A tidy mounding plant, it's great in containers or planted as edging in a neat row at the front of the border.Plant in a shady spot in spring after all danger of frost has passed. It likes rich soil high in organic matter, so add some compost at planting time. Keep well watered and mulch to keep soil cool and moist. It may not flower in areas where summers are very cool. It may overwinter in the warmest regions (Zones 10-11), especially if covered with loose autumn leaves, straw, or any other light, airy winter mulch.
This striking new trailing annual gives you a fresh, new way to work in elegant silver foliage into your container and other plantings. Perfect in a hanging basket, window box, or other container, this plant can trail up to 6 feet with showy, soft foliage like no other. Native to areas of the Southwest, it's also very heat- and drought-tolerant so you can count on it to look good all season long, even if it wilts a few times.It's a perennial in the very warmest parts of the U.S. but is treated like an annual elsewhere. It needs well-drained soil (another reason it's great for containers), so be careful to avoid wet spots if you're planting it directly in the ground.
What would we do without impatiens? It's the old reliable for shade gardens when you want eye-popping color all season long. The plants bloom in just about every color except true blue and are well suited to growing in containers or in the ground. If you have a bright spot indoors, you may be able to grow impatiens all year as an indoor plant.