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Great Container Plant for Shade - Fuchsia


container gardening picture of fuchsia 'Dark Eyes'

Fuchsia 'Dark Eyes'

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What's Great About Fuchsia:

There is no doubt that fuchsias are a fabulous hanging basket staple. But they can also look fantastic in almost any container garden. They are easy to grow and most will reward you with extravagant blooms all summer, if you respect their slightly fussy requirements.

Common Misspellings:

I have read that the color fuchsia is one of the most misspelled words in the English language, and while the plant name isn't used as frequently, it is also often misspelled.
  • Fushia
  • Fuchia
  • Fushcia

Degree of Difficulty:


Features of Fuchsia:

  • Prolific bloomer from spring to fall
  • Thrives in full to partial shade
  • Attracts birds, butterflies and hummingbirds
  • Usually a low plant that drapes over sides of containers, though under certain conditions, some cultivars can grow to be tree-sized

Fuchsia Care:

Though slightly fussy about moisture and temperatures, fuchsias are still considered an easy plant to grow in container gardens. Most fuchsias will thrive in part shade to full shade, but they don't like to be too hot and they especially hate dry heat.

Fuchsias are happiest with temperatures between 55-80°F, though there are some heat-tolerant cultivars that will keep their blooms up to 90°F. Fuschias thrive in humidity, so if you live in a dry climate, you may have to mist your fuchsias to keep them moist enough.

Though some fuchias don't need deadheading, for peak bloom production pick off spent blossoms.

Fuchsia Food and Water Requirements:

During the blooming season fuchsias have a huge appetite, so you have to feed them regularly with diluted liquid fertilizer - I use a combination of fish emulsion and seaweed.

Fuchsias like to be moist, but not soggy. Susceptible to root-rot, they require a fast draining potting soil and very good drainage. Fuchsias thrive in humidity, so if you live somewhere dry, they are a little more challenging to grow and keep hydrated.


Unless you live in zones 9 or 10 fuchsias are considered an annual. Some will be hardy down to 25°F.

Fuchsias can be brought inside and grown as houseplants in the winter, but often fail because the air is too dry and they have a susceptibility to spider mites.

Container Garden Design Suggestions:

Fuchsias are most commonly used in hanging baskets, but they can look fabulous in most containers. There are many different cultivars and colors to try, but almost all are delicate looking.

Fuchsias can look great in a pot on their own but also and pair well with either complimentary or contrasting colors. Try them with oxalis, angel wing begonias, lobelia or coleus.

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