Great Plants this Month Autumn

Zauschneria californica

syn. Epilobium canum

Californian fuchsia

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Louise Sims

In a corner of our garden, we have a raised bed which is very sunny and very well drained. From about August onwards it is a riot of late summer and autumn colour composed of very drought tolerant, rather assertive plants which include limonium, crocosmia, perovskia, sedum and low grasses amongst many others (and by assertive I mean that they all have to get on with it, get on with their neighbours and fend for themselves!).

And this is exactly what the Californian fuchsia does so well – it mingles, slowly spreading by underground stolons. Sometimes I feel I should give it a bit more space where it can properly show off but somehow there is never quite enough room.

This is a very hardy perennial, disappearing completely over winter, but coming back rather late in the growing season to produce a succession of bright red tubular flowers over grey-green foliage. There are a number of named varieties, but ours was a division from a friend, so I have no way of knowing if it’s one of these.

If you feel tempted to try a zauschneria there is one named ‘Dublin’ (also known as ‘Glasnevin’) which might be the one to go for as it has been awarded an AGM from the Royal Horticultural Society.

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