Books write that fuchsias come from the dense forests of the Andes where they created a connection with hummingbirds for pollination. That is why they have these colors, this form of the flower and absence of a smell.
Many species of fuchsias disappear from the Earth for disafforestation and the associations protecting this plants ask all fuchsias lovers to adopt these species in their gardens.
Said everything in the first paragraph, I could not dream to have them because the climate is too hot here and because I did not have shadow for them. I tryed them once, years ago, but they did not survive.
About 3-4 years ago I bought wisterias and created a corner of shadow in the yard. That is why I decided to try to grow fuchsias once more. I bought 2 gigant and 3 normal fuchsias, all erect, by Bakker. This plants are in the shops here too, but they are different and with simple flowers. I like to have special hybrids, so I decided to buy what I like via internet.
The UK, US and Germany sites have so many differrent species! You can lose consciousness only looking at them. But they do not sell abroad. Bakker offers interesting hybrids too. I did not find other possibilities and ordered there.
On the photos you can see what I have today.
Gigant varieties are fuchsia "Royal Mosaic"
And "Bella Rosella"
First flowers were really gigant. Next grow more little. In any case they are much bigger than other 3 varieties.
Fuchsia "Walz Jubelteen" seems so simple but the colors are very gentle and very pleasant to look at them.
Fuchsia "Ellebel" has 2 colors and is not erect till today. Maybe because it's too little else.
Finally fuchsia "Catootje" feels probably not very good. It's very little, and I have only 2 flowers. The weather is rainy, there is not sun, the plants have not enough light. I do not change their position to get them accustomed to their place. From other side, there are very hard windswhen it rains, and it's too cold when the sun shines...