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Fuchsia

According to a French missionary in the early 1700s, the Brazilian name for Fuchsias was Molle cantu, or Bush of Beauty. These plants offer graceful habits and pendulous, tubular flowers that are richly colored. The following mite resistant varieties appreciate ample moisture.

Like dainty ballerinas, tubular crimson flowers abundantly dangle from branches cloaked in deep green comely leaves. Esteemed for its verdant bushy form, which grows with amazing vigor and frost tolerance, this interspecific cross between Fuchsia campos-portoi and Fuchsia magellanica was bred by Peter Baye. ‘Campo Thilco’s lovely demeanor can be coupled with Salvia ‘Limelight’, and due to an abundance of rhizomes, its numerous basal shoots should be pruned hard each spring.

Blooms June–October.

Size: 3' 0" – 6' 0" high x 4' 0" wide.

Zone 6/7.

<i>Fuchsia</i> ‘Grand Harfare’

Don Mahoney from Strybing Arboretum kindly gave us this airy, multistemmed Fuchsia whose branches are first upright, and then elegantly arch over. Accentuated by wine-colored petioles and stems, the gleaming and darkly green, veined leaves stage ‘Grand Harfare’s spectacular pendant blooms. The glossy, 3 in., thick-walled tubes are colored in dazzling orange-scarlet shades and embellished with decorative, wide-open bases. This cloud-forest species appreciates constant soil moisture, some humidity and winter protection.

Blooms October–April.

Size: 2' 0" – 4' 0" high x 3' 0" – 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

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Current Staff's Favorite Plant

Current Staff's Favorite Plant

Our Featured Plant: Crocosmia ‘Zeal Tan’

Captivating Crocosmias, Plants that Dodge to Dog Days of Summer, 2020 T-shirst have arrived!

Captivating Crocosmias!

Crocosmias boast a bounty of late summer color as our gardens transition into autumn. Displayed on the ends of gracefully arching spikes above winsome sword-like leaves, the clustered tubular flowers range from yellow, peach and orange to fire-engine red. The prismatic tones meld well with white-flowering Hydrangeas and perennials such as Selinium wallichianum, Actaea simplex 'Atropurpurea', Alcea 'Polarstar' or Aster 'Bridal Veil'. The yellow and melon shades sparkle amid the blue blossoms of Aconitum, Caryopteris 'Longwood Blue', Perovskia 'Blue Steel' and  Aster 'Little Carlow'. For sizzling fun you could create a hot border, intermingling them with Kniphofia 'Bee's Sunset', Helenium 'Potter's Wheel' or Helianthemum 'Fire Dragon'. Be sure to add some to your next cut arrangement!

Commonly known as Montbretia, they do their best when provided with good drainage, moderate moisture and some protection from hot afternoon sun. Please feel free to check out our extensive collection of Crocosmia cultivars in the perennial section of our online catalog.

Dodge the Dog Days of summer….

with plants that pack a punch of blooms and alluring leaves at this time of year. By late August, our borders can look a tad tired and may be in need of some sprucing up. Adequate moisture and an additional application of compost will ensure late summer vitality. You can trim perennials, such as Nepetas and Geraniums, and savor their fresh new growth plus a flourish of blooms, often until the first frost! We hope some of the plants featured in this newsletter lift your spirits and maybe even inspire a little awe as summer wanes. 

All of us Digging Dog plant wranglers wish you Happy Digging and good health.

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