This section is from the book "The Gardener V3", by William Thomson. Also available from Amazon: The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
The Fuchsia is seldom used for this purpose, and I cannot think why, as it is a handsome plant, and one easily grown. For bedding in masses, or along with Calceolarias or similar plants, spring-struck plants are best; but for the back of borders, the larger the plants are, of course the handsomer. One of the great advantages of the Fuchsia is, that it can be saved during the winter so easily; and this, of course, is a great advantage to those who have little or no glass. I have also used a now almost extinct kind, the old Fuchsia fulgens, and splendid it looks. It was a large old plant, and I made it form the centre of a circular bed. Every one who saw it admired it, and many asked what it was - Was it a Fuchsia? - never having seen it before; its long pendant orange-scarlet blooms and handsome foliage producing a wonderfully good effect. I am very fond of all kinds of Fuchsias, even the old Riccartonia, of which in Devonshire I have seen hedges made, and in Ireland have seen it growing to the height of 10 and 12 feet. During winter, Fuchsias may be saved in an old pit or shed with coal-ashes round their roots, and must be kept quite dry; or they can be plunged under the stage - in the greenhouse.
When the spring comes, pot them in a mixture of loam, sand, manure, and a little peat if you have it - if not, rotten turf. Give them plenty of water, and keep them growing on till it is time to turn them out in the beds. A. H.
[Fuchsia fulgens is a grand old plant. - Ed].