THE BEST PLANT FOR THE JOB

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Ex­pert sug­ges­tions for dif­fer­ent needs

Fuch­sia ar­borescens is a fast-grow­ing ev­er­green shrub with bright-pink flow­ers for most of the year. It can grow up to 2m high and wide, but can be pruned to a lower height. Dark blue berries ap­pear af­ter flow­er­ing. It does best in cool ar­eas that re­ceive fil­tered sun and are shel­tered from frost.

Grow­ing tips: Like all fuch­sias, it should be planted in fer­tile soil that drains well and kept evenly moist. It should not be ex­posed to af­ter­noon sun.

What Leoné likes: The con­trast be­tween the large shiny leaves and del­i­cate flow­ers. In her gar­den, it has grown about 1m tall.

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