Escallonia

Escallonia are exceptionally good wildlife plants with masses of bees visiting during the Summer flowering period.

The plant is evergreen and has leathery leaves which are toothed and sometimes sticky. Flowers form along the length of each branch though the colour depends very much on the variety.

Reaching a height and width of two and a half metres, pruning is best undertaken after flowering to ensure the shrub stays neat looking as branches can sometimes begin to take on a straggly appearance.

Siting of the shrub should be in full sun, though they also do well in partial shade. They can tolerate any soil, and any exposure as long as the soil is well-draining. The branches can also be trained to grow up a structure if required.