California fuchsia - You never know where she'll show up!




 In my own garden, I have several different cultivars of California fuchsia (Epilobium canum), both in the front and in the back. I've been delighted by the long-blooming red trumpets, which are sure to attract hummingbirds for months in late summer and fall, usually right up to the first frost.

This year, though, I'm delighted to report that California fuchsia seems to have made it to landscape plant status. Even in gardens that do not have a native focus, I see them shine.


Above, quite possibly my favorite, a combination on California fuchsia with a dark lilac statice and a decorative rock. So simple, so effective.


Another pleasing combination with yarrow and I think a fig tree. If you were a humming bird, where would you go? 


And a nice use of the same plant in a side strip and in the front garden itself. Very drought tolerant, this is one native that usually does OK in side strips and other truly difficult spots. 


But I knew this plant had made its mark when I saw it in a townhouse landscape with the usual ornamental grasses and New Zealand flax. And, if I may say so, she was really shining here as well. 


You've come a long way, baby! Now live long and prosper...

Comments

Jason said…
Lovely, and if I lived in California, I would grow it all over the place!
Brent said…
I couldn't help thinking that it appears to be Fortnight Lily (Dietes sp.) in the last photo instead of NZ Flax.

I'm liking California fuschia in my garden right now too. My plants are new this year and got a late start in my garden. I can only imagine they will look as good as those in your photos next year.

Brent said…
AH - I see I was looking at the wrong photo for NZ flax. It's in the 2nd to last photo.
I just picked up a few more (Z. c. 'Catalina') the other day. Our soil is pretty poor, so mine don't look as spectacular as yours, but they are tough plants, and anything that's in bloom this time of year is a winner in my book! So far 'Catalina' is doing the best for me. Do you know which cultivar you have in the first photo? With peak fall planting on the horizon, I'm always willing to plant something new :)
Town Mouse said…
That's Calistoga in that first picture, and it's done spectacularly well with pretty much no water at all. I'm thinking of getting a few more for next year.
Bernie H said…
It's an absolute beauty and how wonderful to see that it's truly being appreciated.
Desert Dweller said…
Stunning! It looks great here too, and is very common all over NM. But your's look a wee-bit-better in their namesake state, at least I think!
James said…
Yes, I've been seeing more of it around as well. It's not super-common down here in the wilds, but I was stopped in my tracks by a big fireball of it during a hike to a local canyon a month ago. So great to have a Cal native that looks that amazing this time of year.