Plant of The Week
Fuchsia ‘Lady Boothby’
Climbing Fuchsia ‘Lady Boothby’ is definitely the plant of the moment. It is a very popular and reliable variety. A must have plant for all fuchsia enthusiasts. Tolerant of most soils and aspects this easy to grow fuchsia is totally hardy. It will tolerate full sun to partial shade. I have it growing in a large container that used to reside in the centre of my lawn in a completely open position, where it survived the ‘Beast from the East’ and ‘Storm Emma’.
Lady Boothby has a vigorous, upright growth habit and does require some support. She will happily grow against a wall, fence, pergola, arch, trellis or obelisk and will thicken up nicely if pinched back to form a strong framework.
The flowers are single to semi-double, often born in clusters of three. The tube and sepals are crimson and corolla is dark purple to aubergine with a magenta flash at the base. Bred and introduced in 1939 by C.P. Raffill (UK) from a cross between F. alpestris (a Brazilian species discovered in 1843) and F. ‘Royal Purple’ (a French variety introduced in 1896)
An eye-catching fuchsia in its own right Lady Boothby holds both the RHS Award for Garden Merit and the Plants for Pollinators symbol.