July 21, 2017

Master of the Garden

Fuchsia triphylla 'Gartenmeister Bonstedt'

Janine Pineo Photo | Fuchsia triphylla ‘Gartenmeister Bonstedt’

Fuchsia triphylla 'Gartenmeister Bonstedt'

Janine Pineo Photo | Fuchsia triphylla ‘Gartenmeister Bonstedt’

If there’s one thing a fuchsia can do, it would be to attract attention. So it is with Fuchsia triphylla ‘Gartenmeister Bonstedt,’ a cultivar introduced in 1905. With its perfectly tubular coral-red flowers and bronze-tinged foliage, this hybrid makes a statement quite eloquently. ‘Gartenmeister’ is an upright fuchsia, a shrub in fact, that can reach up to 3 feet in height and width. With its dangling clusters of flowers, hummingbirds can’t resist it. It is not at all hardy in Maine (Zone 10 at best) and can only be grown via cuttings. Don’t let any of that stop you if you find it for sale. It makes an attractive container plant all by itself, especially if there’s a spot where it will be in light shade for ‘Gartenmeister’ will shine.