A full belief is the decorative value and high-class merit of the new Fuchsias raised by Mr. James Lye, Clyffe Hall Gardens, Market Lavington, induces us to give another illustration of some of the leading varieties he has produced. Fuchsias have many uses, but the two leading methods in which they are utilized are as exhibition and decorative plants. By some means or the other Fuchsias have gone back as exhibition subjects, they are not nearly so well grown for show purposes as they used to be; and one reason assigned by cultivators is, that the varieties put into the market are generally ill-adapted for show purposes. The statement finds some amount of confirmation in the fact, that old sorts, such as Maid of Kent, Arabella, Venus de Medici, etc., are still met with at Flower Shows. A Fuchsia that is valuable as a decorative plant, is almost certain to shine on the exhibition stage, and these new varieties obtained by Mr. Lye will be found to answer both purposes admirably. Gem of the West (fig. 1) has a bright coral red tube and sepals, and a dark plum-coloured corolla; Elegance (fig. 2) has tube and sepals of a bright red, with a light purple blue corolla; and Blushing Bride (fig. 3) is an improvement on Lustre, the tube and sepals delicate flesh, with dark pinkish carmine corolla shaded with violet. They will please all who are induced to cultivate them.
Image and text taken From: The Floral Magazine, 1878. Plate 291.
Dean, R. (January 1878). The Floral Magazine; Figures and Descriptions of the Choicest New Flowers for the Garden, Stove, or Conservatory. London: L. Reeve & Co..