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can anyone confirm what variety of fuschia this is - its not evergreen:

im after advice on when to prune it - its gone a bit unwieldy! hard prune in spring? prune now?


i also have a variety of other stuff that im not 100% sure on whether they are annuals or perennials - and in the case of the latter what to do with them. will they die back? the ones in pots id like to keep replacing with other things on the season - ie daffs, tulips, etc etc then back around again. but im not sure where to keep them til next year?

anyway - i have the following you might be able to see from pics:

  • coreopsis sunray
  • verbena
  • agapanthus
  • lavender 'munstead'
  • some other lavender, not sure!
  • lots of trailing surfinia
  • osteospermum
  • mini marguerite
  • a couple of others i dont know the IDs of - came in a perennial pack?


any advice on what to do with all these now?



Sorry djjjuk- the pix haven't come through 

damn! heres the fuschia:

lavender, verbena, agapanthus, hebe and other 2/3 unknown:

another unknown:


osteospermum on the right, rose, lilies and chrysanthemum & asters:

more surfinia, min marguerite and another osteospermum (i think)



I canget the photos up but only recognise the fuchsia at the top.

and only as a fuchsia, couldn't say which

nutcutlet, whats your advice on pruning it?



I think the general advice is to cut it back to base in spring. But when we get a mild winter and mine haven't died back I don't do that and it seems to carry on OK. You'll probably get better advice on fuchsias than I can give djjjuk, ignore what I do


Fuchsia is possibly a 'magellanica' type given its size.  Cut it back hard in spring and remove all the dead wood from the centre and it will grow again.


The fuschia is hardy....a magellanica type.  Evergreen in Cornwall but cut back as hard as you like in spring.

Coreopsis you have is best left where it is.....not.a true hardy perennial

The verbena is one called to pot this up and overwinter.

The surfinias are for this summer only.

The osteospermums are best potted up indoors for the winter.  So too with the marguerites. (you could leave these in the ground but besf brought indoors plus take cuttings for more plants next year.


If you have any seed pods on the petunias, you can wait until they go black, keep them in an envelope and grow them in seed trays next March.

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