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