I will be trialing 10 varieties of Fuchsia for fruit quality and overwintering ability in Pierce County, WA (USDA zone 8, but seems to act more like zone 7 sometimes).
My initial selection criteria for these ten varieties follows:
*Hardiness rating of H3 (hardy after established with mulch only required the first year)
*Upright or semi-upright for growing in the ground
*Showy flowers (according to my tastes)
*Availability at time of order
The 10 varieties chosen:
These will all be small rooted starts so I will overwinter them in an unheated greenhouse for the first winter. Then if mature enough I will plant them in the ground spring or summer of next year (2018) and mulch them heavily their first winter. I will not fully judge their fruit quality until they have established in the ground.