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BrexiteerBrexiteer Posts: 955
I have room for 1 perennial fuchsia in my up and coming bee and butterfly garden, does anyone know of any that bees love as a friend has one and it's never visited by bees. I can probably get away with up to 3ft high thankyou people


  • LynLyn Posts: 22,012
    They’re all perenials Marc, if you want a tall one, try Lady Boothby. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • BrexiteerBrexiteer Posts: 955
    Thank you for the name lyn. I just wanted to differentiate that I wasn't talking about the ones that you get for hanging baskets.
  • BrexiteerBrexiteer Posts: 955
    It's a shame that you get 1 reply out of 53 views 🙈
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,012
    You can put any fuchsia in a basket, Marc, I do loads of cuttings every year and they all start off in pots and baskets.  Some I overwinter, the big ones planted out stay out, some are more tender, they are the ones I take the cuttings from. 
    What is it you want to aim for? 
    They all get bees in them but I’m not entirely sure there’s anything much there for them. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,920
    I've several hardy fuchsias (mostly given to me as cuttings with no names) but I haven't noticed bees being attracted to any of them.  I get lots of bees in the garden but they go for other things so maybe fuchsia flowers are the wrong shape for them.  As I understand it, fuchsias growing wild in the Americas are pollinated by hummingbirds.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • BrexiteerBrexiteer Posts: 955
    Ok mate cheers. My garden this year is entirely for bees butterflies hoverflies ect. I was wrong about the fuch
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,172
    It's a shame that you get 1 reply out of 53 views 🙈
    but if you view and find you can't help what's to be done? 
    They are all perennial but they're not all hardy. Those base on F. magellanica, like 'Riccartonii' are the hardiest in my experience

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 84,044
    It's a shame that you get 1 reply out of 53 views 🙈
    A lot of the views are by Internet Bots ... not human beings

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,183
    According to the RHS, hardy fuchsias are good for pollinators so go ahead and plant one of the species, not the tender hybrids.  Even if they don't do for bees, other pollinators will appreciate them.

    Here's the RHS list of plants for pollinators - file:///C:/Users/Sarah/Downloads/Plants-for-Pollinators-Garden-plants.pdf

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,769
    I have tried several supposedly hardy fuschias, but the only one to survive winters that can be -10° in SW France is 'Riccartonii', which is now over 20 years old. I have 3 but I'm afraid I haven't really noticed bees. Bees prefer my lavenders, buddleias and salvias.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
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