Our fuchsias in the garden provide both flower and leaf colour, June onward to the frosts. These are hardy, but may get cut down by winter. If they don't cut them back hard in spring, to encourage vigorous new shoots. Grow in a reasonable soil, in part shade, away from hot midday sun. Flowers are still as colourful as many of the summer bedding forms, but tend to be more elegant and well proportioned. The flower structure is interesting, as its the coloured sepals which are most prominent, reflexing gracefully upward, from within the petals, wrap around each other forming a tube-like corolla, protecting the exerted stamens & stigma.