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  • Eventual height: 0.6m
  • Eventual spread: 0.3m

Fuchsia 'Tom Thumb'

hardy fuchsia

RHS award of garden merit
2 litre pot £16.99

This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil (or loam-based potting compost)
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June to October
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (borderline)

    Masses of small, pendent, red and mauve flowers from June to October and deep green leaves. This single-flowered, dwarf fuchsia makes an ideal container plant for a partially shady site, protected from cold, drying winds. An extremely free-flowering variety, in frost-prone areas it's best over-wintered in a cool greenhouse.

  • Garden care: To encourage growth, pinch out the growing tips of young plants after the sixth or seventh pair of leaves. During the growing season water regularly, applying a balanced liquid fertiliser each month. Cut back to the permanent framework in early spring.