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Plant of the Week - Fuchsia

25 July 2011
Plant of the Week - Fuchsia

These stunning, and very versatile summer flowering shrubs can be relied upon to produce graceful arching branches and pendent bell-like flowers, year after year.

They can be used as freestanding, or on their own in mixed shrub borders.

If planted 80cm (2½ ft) apart all varieties will make an informal hedge. Can be grown successfully in pots and containers or any well drained soil, in full sun or light shade. Responsed well to regular feeding.

Popular varieties include: Mrs Popple, Alice Hoffman, Tom & Lady Thumb, Magellanica Gracilis as well as the gold leaf variety Genii or the grey/green/pink leaved Versicolour with scarlet-violet flowers.  All good Garden Centres will have a good selection this time of the year.