speciosa has put on its late-summer show in my garden for the past three years,
returning from the roots each spring. Even the nastiness of last winter didn’t
kill it in my Seattle garden.
the time next winter arrives, it will again be a knee-high shrub, its woody
limbs clothed in six-inch felted leaves of the freshest green. I don’t clip
back the bare branches of F.
speciosa until spring
leaves sprout around their ankles. They remind me where my plant is so I don’t
accidentally dig it up in the late winter, when I start to rummage around
always preferred the fuchsias with narrow, tubular flowers over the big, ruffly-petticoat jobs. It seems like many of the
fuchsias with the less-flashy flowers
offer more interesting leaves and form.
frilly fuchsias want to be the center of attention in April and May, while F. speciosa
back until late in the season to
put on a tasteful show. New leaves are the color of early spring, momentarily
letting me forget that summer is on the wane. F. speciosa
isn’t afraid to share the stage with other part-shade plants like ferns and
hydrangeas. She’s no prima donna.
The next time
you’re at the nursery, look for Fuchsia
speciosa and grab
you find it--it's somewhat rare.
Every garden needs a plant that reminds
the gardener of springtime in