Fuchsia Tom West (Hardy Fuchsia)
This is the smallest and possibly most colourful variety that we stock, grey-green foliage that is pink flushed when young and has a generous creamy coloured edging. The showy cerise and purple flowers appear in succession from June until Autumn, contrasting well with the foliage display. This is a beautiful little hardy Fuchsia that looks great all season.
The Hardy Fuchsia Tom West has all kinds of uses, add them to the front of a shrub or mixed border where there foliage and flower colour will bring interest all season long, or plant them in a good sized container (our plants are already well established in 2 litre pots) for a prize specimen that will look great on a patio or terrace. Tom West has a more lax growth habit compared to our other Hardy Fuchsia varieties so not quite the same kind of hedging potential, but it would certainly make a beautiful 60cm tall path edging in a sheltered spot by planting 3-4 plants per metre and letting the arching stems of flowers and foliage spill onto your paving.
Fuchsia Tom West grows well out in the garden in any good well drained soil, these are hardy shrubs but a cold winter and hard frosts may well kill of the top growth back to ground level, new growth will emerge from the base in Spring, probably even stronger than before. This is not something to be disheartened about, the most important thing is to get a strong and healthy root system established from which the new growths will emerge. As we can never predict what kind of Winter is in store each year, we recommend pruning Hardy Fuchsia Tom West shrubs in the spring, even if the top does get killed off over Winter, it will still provide useful protection for the crown of the plant and is best left in situ until the longer, warmer days return. Tom West is a useful plant for seaside gardens.
How to grow Fuchsia Tom West
Position: Full sun, partial shade.
Foliage: Deciduous shrub, leaves drop from the plant in Autumn and fresh new ones emerge in Spring.
Soil and site: Any average well drained soil.
Flowering time: June to September ( and often later)
Growth rate: moderate
Ultimate height and spread: 60cm high x 60cm wide.
Hardiness: Frost hardy. May get cut to ground level by Winter frosts but new shoots will emerge from the base in Spring.
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and for the first season. Trim hedges and shrubs back to strong new growth in late Spring .
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We deliver these plants to you in the pots they are grown in, because there is no root disturbance they can delivered and planted all year round with excellent results.