Offering both structural and ornamental value to the garden, this dwarf form of Escallonia gives us a bold and refreshing alternative to more traditional hedging species such as box or lonicera. The leaves are slightly larger in size, deep green and glossy for a cool, contrasting border to garden beds, drives or pathways. In addition masses of dainty bell-like flowers, in a strikingly vibrant shade of pink, appear throughout the summer.
A neat, compact habit – easy to grow and hardy!
Low water requirements once established requiring only occasional deep watering during extended periods of heat. Grows well in most soil types which are well draining. Fertilise with a slow release fertiliser during early spring. A light pruning after flowering to maintain neat shape. If used for hedging space plants approximately 50cm apart and trim as required.
This escallonia is a versatile plant which when added to a garden border or bed will give year round structure and appeal. It is, however, particularly suited to any hedging or topiary work as it responds well to regular, light clippings producing a dense mat of foliage. For this reason it is ideal for creating a low, ornamental hedge for defining garden beds, paths or driveways.
Individual plants can also be trimmed into topiary shapes to provide focal points in the garden or at the entrance/exit of doorways and paths. Grow in decorative containers for patios and entertainment areas.
If used for hedging, space plants approximately 60cm apart or alternatively, for quicker results, spacing can be reduced to as little as 40cm apart.