Escallonia is a fast-growing, evergreen shrub, perfect for a flowering hedge or specimen planting. Escallonia produces clusters of small, pretty flowers against a backdrop of glossy green leaves. The long flowering period of this shrub is from June to October, attracting bees, butterflies, and other insects for many months. The flowers are tube-shaped, usually pink, red or white, and in some varieties, scented. Escallonia are best planted in full sun, into reasonable, well-drained soil (acid, alkaline or neutral pH) and can grow up to 3 metres in either direction, depending on the cultivar. It responds well to pruning, so will do just as well in a small garden.
Escallonia are easy to grow and relatively maintenance free, but are slightly tender. Though they are tolerant of windy areas and salt spray in a coastal garden, they struggle with cold winds. If your garden has a spare sheltered spot, or you have a garden on the coast where it is suitable to grow, there are several varieties available which may suit your garden.