We have had to be patient this year but at long last the fuchsia are budding up and flowers are beginning to appear.
One of the most striking blooms a the moment is Fuchsia 'Rose of Castile Improved'.
This upright, bush variety is a strong grower and very free flowering. The foliage is mid-green and the blossoms are medium sized and single. The tube is short and white pink, sepals are broad, white with a pink tinge above, deeper pink below and green tipped. The corolla is red violet with deep pink veining, the petals are smooth and overlap resulting in a compact blossom.
Height and Spread are 90cm x 80cm. A fully hardy variety that can withstand temperatures down to -15oC.
I have found reference to two different hybridisers, Lane, UK who introduced it in 1871 (George Bartlett, Fuchsias - A Colour Guide, 1996 and Rowson, UK introduced in 1869, Fuchsiafinder.com).
Fuchsia ‘Rose of Castile’ holds both the RHS Award for Garden Merit and the Plants for Pollinators Symbol. A good all rounder this variety is available now in 3ltr pots and later this summer as either plugs or 1ltr plants.
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