Fuchsias are very versatile, with many varieties to choose from. Fushia tryfilla was first discovered and named just before 1700. Today there is 110 species, mostly from South America and many hybrids with pretty fairy-like flowers. They are useful for summer flowering beds. Some fuchsias are hardy enough to be used as hedges and in permanent plantings, but more often they are grown in hanging baskets and containers.