Day 237: Fuchsia magellanica 'Riccartonii'

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


Winning the award for the garden plant that sounds most like a delicious dish of pasta, Fuchsia magellanica ‘Riccartonii’ proudly stands half-way up the garden, graceful blooms back-lit by the golden evening sun. I’m not sure that flowering shrubs get the recognition they deserve – generally trouble free and generous – and fuchsias in particular come into their own as summer transitions to autumn. You’d think this particular variety had been watered exclusively with claret – the midribs of the leaves and this year’s stems a rich maroon red, each two-tone flower resembling nothing so much as a dancing cardinal in full ecclesiastical regalia. 

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