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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Fuchsia 'Pat's Dream'
Pronounced: FEWK-see-ah (Most people pronounce it FEW-shah.)
Sunset zones: 2-9, 14-24.
USDA zones: 7-10.
Height: 3-4 feet.
Summer until first frost.
Red buds opening to violet corollas and red sepals.
Full sun to partial shade.
Fertile, moist, well-drained soil.
Heavy feeders, so fertilize monthly with a complete organic fertilizer, from spring through July.
Softwood cuttings in spring.
Semi-ripe cuttings in late summer.
In spring, when buds begin to swell, trim to shape and prune out dead stems.
Rainy Side Notes
To my delight, this fuchsia is a prolific bloomer; it covers itself with hundreds of flowers from June until first frost. Reflexed, red sepals and blue-purple corollas with red veining and red anthers are a remarkable combination. The corollas turn violet hues as the flower ages.
In front of the small fuchsia shrub, I planted Primula viallii whose flowers echo the colors of ‘Pat’s Dream’, a satisfying combination in the shade beneath a large plum tree.
Photographed in author's garden.
Perennials indexed by botanical names. Click on corresponding letter below.