Decorative Fuchsias

When recently looking through the collection of Fuchsias grown this season at Chiswick – a very numerous and varied one – I made a note of the following as highly valuable for decorative purposes, because of good habits of growth, very free, distinct, an in some cases possessing great novelty of character. They are Rose of Denmark, delicate pink tube and sepals, heavily margined on the edges with a deeper tint of pink; the corolla pink, heavily edged with deep rose pink; very free and a charming variety. Marginata, white tube and sepals, pink corolla edged with scarlet, very pretty; this makes a charming exhibition variety. Mrs Bright, Letty Lye, and Beauty of Trowbridge are three of Mr. J. Lye’s raising, distinct, novel, charming light varieties, quite distinct, good growers, and very free. Harmony, pale pinkish rose tune and sepals, scarlet corolla, very distinct and pretty. La Cygne, a very fine double white corolla’d variety, with deep rosy scarlet tube and sepals, very free and fine, and an excellent decorative variety. Royal Osborn, white tube and sepals, and rich violet-rose corolla edged with deep purplish rose, a charming variety. Albo coccinea, a fine old but most valuable variety, the tube cherry-crimson, the sepals white, the corolla violet mottled with rose, of of the most useful Fuchsias ever raised, very free indeed, and an excellent exhibition variety. Starlight, an old but very pretty and useful variety, with white tube and sepals, and deep rosy carmine corolla, good habit and very free. Monarch, bright red tube and sepals rosy violet corolla, very fine striking. Abd-el-Kader, bright red tube and sepals, rosy violet corolla distinctly edged with purple, a very fine variety. Duke of Albany, also a very fine dark Fuchsia, and remarkably free; and Try-Me-O, very rich deep purple, red tube and sepals, one of the darkest and best varieties.

Now is a good time of the year for putting in cuttings of Fuchsias, with a view of making some good plants for another season’s blooming; but they should be grown on all the autumn and winter in a generous, moist heat, and if well looked after, excellent plants can be made by the end of June. Frequent shifts and a rich soil are indispensable. Old plants that have gone out of flower may be dried off, pruned back, and when they have started into growth repotted, and then rested for the winter, watered only sparingly and grown on freely in spring. – R. D1.

  1. Transcription is from ‘The Gardening World Illustrated‘, 5 September 1884. p.5. ↩︎