PLANT OF THE WEEK

FUCH­SIA ‘ARMY NURSE’

Gloucestershire Echo - - YOUR GARDEN -

AN OLD gar­den clas­sic, this is a de­cid­u­ous fuch­sia with a beau­ti­ful semi-dou­ble flower in a strik­ing ma­genta pink and vi­o­let blue combo.

Orig­i­nally from South Amer­ica, it is frost-hardy, but if it does die back com­pletely in win­ter, it should re-emerge from the base in spring.

It’s a com­pact va­ri­ety grow­ing only 2-3ft in height and spread.

At­trac­tive to birds, bees and butterflie­s, this nec­tar-rich flower is ed­i­ble, so can be a re­ally pretty ad­di­tion as a gar­nish for salad.

The berries are also ed­i­ble and high in vi­ta­min C.

Aga­pan­thus complement­s pok­ers nicely

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