'Carmen Maria' is a cute and simple pink fuchsia with a definite upright growth pattern. I like the flare the corolla has to it. A perfect example of why some of us think of the corolla as the "skirt" on the these "dancing ballerinas." Can't you see a dancer spinning with her skirt flaring outward? This bush would make a nice contrast next to some of the more colorful varieties. In the Fuchsia Forum at DavesGarden.com, we've been talking about companion plants for upright fuchsia bushes. Something simple, yet more colorful, like a mix of little violas, would be perfect at the base of this bush. Or maybe even some purple violets.