To control that growth and allow for more vitality to get into its flowers, you will need to prune between February and March, when the plant is dormant. While it is without leaves, you will also find it easier to make a judgment on where to prune. Leave just two sets of buds on each branch to give your plant the best start once the weather warms up. Then prune again after flowering, some time during early summer.
Come July, most flowers should have dropped off. Tie any major structural branches back to the supporting trellis or wires. Use these branches to fill in gaps in the overall structure of the plant to make it look tidier. Keep it fertilised with a high-potash feed to allow the flowering strength to build up for next season.
Fuchsias are equally magnificent and their flowers will take you through from mid-summer into the autumn. We enjoy them in hanging baskets, pots and containers. There are many hardy perennials that will faithfully return to your borders every year. They are a huge favourite in parks and are loved for their vibrant colours. No wonder there’s a shade of pink named after them. Their beautiful flowers open back to florets with long, graceful stamen. They hang like clusters of church bells.