Fucshia remains one of my favorite plants, and one of my favorite colors.
Both the plant, and the color, attract hummingbirds.
Once we realized we had a community of hummingbirds in our garden, I determined to grow baskets of Fuchsia on our mostly shady deck to attract them.
Since our first spring here in our Forest Garden, I’ve included Fuchsias and fuchsia colored flowers in our potted garden on the deck.
We are rewarded with frequent visits from our tiny hummingbirds, exploring the daily offering of nectar.
Fuchsias, as tender perennials, will keep going indefinitely when protected from winter’s freezing temperatures.
They grow woody after a while, but can be revived with spring pruning.
Blooms come on new growth. And the plants take their time getting started each season. Blossoms may not appear until early summer.
I’ve tried many different cultivars over the years, and had mixed successes and failures. I’m still learning to grow Fuchsias properly, to be completely honest.
Fuchsias prefer a cooler, moister climate than coastal Virginia offers.
They can not abide our intensely hot summer sunshine. And so they must grow in a spot shaded from our hottest afternoon and early evening summer sun.
They also like steady moisture in their soil, and regular snacks throughout the season. Give them conditions they prefer, feed them every few weeks, and they bloom non-stop for months.
Some Fuchsia cultivars offer very showy, large flowers in shades of white, pink, red, violet and of course, fuchsia.
I’ve had the most success with a relatively small flowered red variety known as “Marinka.” The hummingbirds love this one, and it is more forgiving of less than perfect conditions than other cultivars I’ve tried.
And so F. “Marinka” remains a staple of our summer garden, and at least one plant gets to come into the garage each fall to wait out winter in safety.
Other fuschia toned flowers our hummingbirds love include Impatiens, Begonias, geraniums and petunias.
We grow a variety of these bright and beautiful flowers all around the house and garden, and are rewarded with frequent glimpses of our hummingbirds enjoying their nectar.
Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014
These are gorgeous. It must be wonderful watching all the hummingbirds fluttering through! Thank you so much for sharing.
Thank you, Jennifer 😉
Fuchsias don’t like our summers either. I always get swayed in May to buy one, hang on the porch, then by July it is a ghost of its former self. Still worth it! The orange ones (Firecracker) do better in the heat. Have you ever grown them?
Eliza, so sorry to hear you have troubles growing Fuchsia , also. I’ve never heard of a Firecracker Fuchsia, and will have to keep an eye out. I’ve heard of some Begonia Boliviensis referred to as, “Firecracker.” A lovely plant, but easy to over water. Always disappointing to find plants gorgeous from a greenhouse languishing in our real-world conditions…. despite our best efforts…. Hope you’re well. Has your son’s hand healed now? Best , WG
Here’s a photo of the fuchsia: http://mikesgardentop5plants.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/tri3.jpg
Thanks for asking about my son- we are only half way there. The wires will be removed in mid-Nov. – then PT. It is a long road for an impatient 25-yr.old! 🙂
Gorgeous! A long time healing. I am sure you are both making good memories of this time together. Best wishes, WG
That’s my aim! 🙂
Very beautiful, love Fucshia! 🙂
😉 I’m even wearing a fuchsia sweater today. Glad you’re having a great time at the beach. It is so special in October, and so much more peaceful once the munchkins are back to school. Best wishes, WG
Marinka is positively fabulous! 🙂 Thanks for the treats, WG! Hugz, UT
Thank you, UT. Hope your week is going well.