Hardy Fuchsias


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Firstly it must be understood that, Fuchsias classed and sold as hardy are in fact only hardy enough to withstand a winter outside, if they are established in the garden soil and some have higher degrees of hardiness than others.

If you plant a hardy fuchsia in a pot, it is worth remembering that you should not keep this outside during the winter if it's to survive. This is because it is only the rootball of the fuchsia that is hardy. If left in a pot, the frost can attack the roots from the sides and the plant will die. In mild winters or milder areas hardy fuchsias in large tubs may survive, but plants in small pots, baskets or grown as standards should be treated as half hardy in all areas of Scotland and cultured as described in the fuchsia help pages.

There is also a myth that hardy fuchsias only have small flowers but, in fact, there are many varieties that have large double or single flowers that can be full of colour from June to September. Garden News for example, has striking double flowers with magenta rose corolla and rose pink sepals.

Success in cultivating winter-hardy fuchsias depends largely on preparing the plants and caring for them. The ideal time of year to plant a hardy Fuchsia is Spring soon after the last frost, this gives the plant all summer to become established. The growing medium must be free draining and should be rich in humus with plenty of nutrients. Plant the roots of young or mature plants in the ground slightly deeper than they were in the pot, to provide extra protection during winter.

All Fuchsias do need light in order to grow, and whilst they will tolerate full sun, and partial shade, deep shade is to be avoided. Ensure after planting that the plant does not dry out, certainly if there is not enough rain. Once the plant starts to grow strongly, a top dressing of fertilizer can be added.

Do not cut fuchsias back in the autumn. The branches will give extra protection to the parts of the plant that are below ground. Hardy fuchsias should also be left in situ over the winter. In very cold areas, cover the base with bracken, or mulch. In the spring, prune them down to where new buds are developing.

Finally don't be disheartened if you loose one or two, ... we all do from time to time.

Below we've tried to provide a bit more detail on what cultivars are classed hardy.

Royal Horticultural Society Trials
Fuchsia, hardy trials 1999-2004
For the RHS hardy fuchsia report click here (189KB) PDF

(Award of Garden Merit H3-4 2005)
'Baby Blue Eyes'
'Bernisser Hardy'
'Conspicua'
'Corallina'
'David'
'Howlett's Hardy'
'John E. Caunt'
Fuchsia magellanica var. gracilis 'Aurea'
Fuchsia magellanica 'Thompsonii'
'Mercurius'
'Saturnus'
Existing Award of Garden Merit hardy fuchsias
* indicates a recommendation that after this trial their AGM status should be reviewed as part of the AGM review in 2012 as they have been superseded by improved cultivars, or in some other way no longer fulfil the criteria of the award.
'Achievement' *
'Alice Hoffman'
'Alison Patricia'
'Army Nurse'
'Brutus'
'Chillerton Beauty'
'Dark Eyes' *
'Display' *
'Doctor Foster'
'Dollar Princess'
'Empress of Prussia'
'Flash'
'Foxgrove Wood' *
'Garden News'
'Genii'
'Hawkshead'
'Heidi Ann' *
'Herald' *
'Jomam'
'Lady Thumb'
'Lena'
'Liebriez'
'Madame Cornelissen' *
Fuchsia magellanica var. gracilis
Fuchsia magellanica var. gracilis 'Variegata' *
'Margaret Brown'
'Margaret' *
'Mrs Popple'
'Mrs W P Wood' *
'Phyllis'
'Prosperity' *
'Riccartonii'
'Rose of Castile Improved'
'Rufus' *
'Snowcap' *
'Son of Thumb'
'Tom Thumb'
'White Pixie' *

For the RHS hardy fuchsia trials bulletin click here (577KB) PDF

British Fuchsia Society
Hardy List for the Showbench

The table below is a list of cultivars provided by the BFS, which the BFS accept as hardy for the purposes of exhibition.

A M Larwick
Abbe Farges
Achievement
Admiration
Alice Hoffman
Annabel
Army Nurse
Avalanche - Henderson
Baby Blue Eyes
Barbara
Bashful
Beacon
Beacon Rosa
Beranger
Blue Bush
Blue Gown
Bouquet
Brilliant
Brodsworth
Brutus
C J Howlett
Caledonia
Cardinal Farges
Carmen
Celia Smedley
Charming
Chillerton Beauty
China Lantern
Cliffs Hardy
Connie
Conspicua
Constance
Corallina
David
Diana Wright
Display
Doc
Dollar Princess
Dopey
Dorothy
Dr Foster
Drame
Dunrobin Bedder
E A Babbs
Edith
El Cid
Eleanor Rawlings
Emile Zola
Empress of Prussia
Enfant Prodigue
Eva Boerg
Falklands
Flash
Flashlight
Florence Turner
F.magellanica
Foxgrove Wood
Garden News
General Monk
Genii
Glow
Gold Brocade
Goldsworth Beauty
Graf Witte
Grayrigg
Grumpy
H A Brown
Happy
Hawkshead
Heidi Ann
Herald
Herbe de Jacques
Howlett's Hardy
Jack Wilson
Joan Cooper
Justin's Pride
Lady Ambersley
Lady Boothby
Lady Thumb
Lena
Liebriez
Lilac Dainty
Logans Wood
Margaret
Margaret Brown
Margaret Roe
Margery Blake
Mauve Wisp
Mephisto
Mme Cornelissen
Monsieur Thibaut
Mr A Huggett
Mr Rundle
Mrs Popple
Mrs W P Wood
Neue Welt
Nicola Jane
Papoose
Pee Wee Rose
Phyllis
Phyme
Pixie
Plenty
President
President Elliot
Prosperity
Purple Cornelissen
Purple Splendour
Reading Show
Rhombifolia
Riccartonii
Robin Hood
Rose of Castille
Rose of Castille Improved
Rufus
Ruth
Santa Claus
Santa Cruz
Scarcity
Scbneewittchen
Sealand Prince
Silverdale
Sleepy
Sneezy
Snowcap
Son of Thumb
Susan Travis
Tennessee Waltz
The Tarns
Thornley's Hardy
Timothy Hammett
Tom Thumb
Tom West
Trase
Tresco
Trudy
Voltaire
W P Wood
White Pixie
Whiteknights Amethyst
Whiteknights Blush
Whiteknights Glister
Whiteknights Pearl