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Gardeners looking for a splash of bright summer colour need look no further than the deciduous Fuchsia Mrs Popple. She is one of the most dramatic examples around with purple-red flowers and a vigorous upright bushy growth habit. The Mrs Popple fuchsia is the recipient of an RHS Award of Garden Merit and the Perfect for Pollinators title for her garden benefits.
Fuchsia Mrs Popple has small leaves, dark green ovals with pointed tips. These grow in regular intervals on arching but sturdy stems. Bright pink-red petals cup and then peel back to reveal darker purple petals. Long whiskery pink stamens drop through the bloom to attract pollinators. Flowers are single but profuse with blooms growing the whole length of the branch in established specimens.
Fuchsia Mrs Popple blooms profusely from June to October providing plenty of interest in the garden. Mature specimens reach heights of a metre and spread across the same distance within five years. If you have a more compact space she can be cut to maintain a manageable size.
How Hardy Is Fuchsia Mrs Popple?
Fuchsia Mrs Popple is hardy in the UK but may require some winter protection in very harsh frosts or snow.
How To Use Fuchsia Mrs Popple
Fans of bright colour will want to grow Mrs Popple at the front of a flower border, but she is best placed in the mid-height section due to her vigorous growth. Her red and purple colours work well with paler shrubs and other lighter fuchsias such as Wedding Belle. Fuchsia Mrs Popple is a great choice for partially shaded borders.
Alternatively you can grow Fuchsia Mrs Popple in a container. Fuchsias thrive in containers but they do require water and food to maintain healthy growth. Mrs Popple is not suitable for hanging baskets, instead choose a trailing variety.
How To Care For Fuchsia Mrs Popple
Fuchsias enjoy a well-drained but moist soil of any Ph or consistency. Mrs Popple is not fussy about soil type but does need sufficient water in dry spells or flowers will drop and foliage will sustain damage. A regular feed in the summer months will encourage flower development.
Pinch out the tips of stems once six pairs of leaves have grown, this will force the plant’s energy into the base and create a bushier plant. In winter apply a deep mulch to protect the roots and cover any remaining framework over in icy conditions.
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