These links should help those with questions. Feel free to either send me additional ones or add them to the thread. As with all FAQ threads, chatter should be kept to a minimum so that the information does not get buried in friendly conversation. Also, remember to be fair, that links to sites with fuchsias for sale would not be fair to those who do not have their company listed here. It would be an unfair advantage for those vendors as it would appear that DG endorsed their product over another.
FindThatFuchsia is great resource for identification and information.
I quote, "Now with over 13,150 different named Fuchsias and over 1,750 Fuchsia photos. Probably the largest database of Fuchsias on the internet."
When identifying fuchsias, bear in mind that the size and coloration of the blossoms can vary greatly depending on how open the flower is and how much sunshine it has or has not been exposed to. They can appear to be from two entirely different varieties, when in fact, they are from the same variety and even from the very same plant.
Here is the Planting instructions that Monnier's Country Gardens provides.
How to Plant a "Hardy" Fuchsia
Start by choosing a wll drained location. More fuchsias are lost to wet feet than cold in the Willamette Valley. Your spot can be anything from shady to full sun. Your spot will require watering in the summer.
To help make your fuchsia "Hardy", they should be planted deep like a tomato. We recommend sinking the crown 4-6" below the soil surface (See Fig #2) or 1/2 the plant height on your smaller plants (See Fig #1). DO NOT FEAR This! Your fuchsias will be happy you gave them the extra protection.
When planting add 1/4 cup of an all purpose fertilizer like 16-16-16 and 1 cup of organic matter (compost or alfalfa pellets like we use). Mix 1/2 of the amendments in the bottom of the hole and the other 1/2 in the backfill. Water thoroughly.
Winter care is easy! After the first fall frost, add a layer of mulch to your plants. Don't be afraid to use 4-6". Sometime during the dormant period cut the plants back. We go down to about 6". A minimum would be 1/2 the previous years growth. Around the middle of February start peeking under the mulch to see if the new stems are coming up out of the ground. Remove the mulch when you see the new growth. Be Patient! Some like to rest longer than others.