Escallonia 'Apple Blossom'
Neatly crimped, small holly-green leaves (with no prickles) softened by pretty apple-blosssom clusters of tiny summer flowers on this tough shrub
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June to September
- Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection in cold areas)
Masses of apple-blossom pink, tubular flowers from June to September among small, glossy, dark green leaves. This compact, bushy, evergreen shrub looks lovely towards the back of a sunny, shrub border, as a foil for flowering perennials, or for growing as an informal, flowering hedge. It is partularly good as a windbreak in coastal areas.
- Garden care: Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering. In mid or late spring lightly cut back any shoots that spoil the symmetry of the plant. After pruning apply a generous 5-7 cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant.
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Q:Plants for a sunny bed and clay soil
Dear Sir or Madam We have been looking at various shrubs to plant into a border that gets plenty of sun all year round. The soil is clay based, which appears to dry out rapidly but it has been enriched from time to time with compost etc. Would you be able to offer any suggestions as to what we could plant? We have a few plants in the border....a palm that was planted last spring and appears to be establishing itself quite well, a holly tree that needs no attention as it's mature. Also we have 2 conifers which were planted with no real thought to be honest; although they were initially in pots on our decking,- I don't think they will grow too tall due to their variety. We would like something that will flower, but not grow too high, say, no more than 2metres or so in maturity. We are eager to get something of worth growing, as our neighbours have cut down a lot of their trees and shrubs adjacent to our fence, leaving the view somewhat sterile and unappealing. Just for the record, the opposite side of our garden is fine! Any assistance would be gratefully appreciated. Thank you.Asked on 15/3/2010 by peter mcintyre
A:Hello There, There are several plants that may be suitable - here are some of the best. Ceanothus thyrsiflorus Skylark http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/ceanothus-thyrsiflorus-skylark/classid.728/ Choisya ternata http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/choisya-ternata-/classid.825/ Escallonia Apple Blossom http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/escallonia-apple-blossom/classid.3789/ Viburnum tinus French White http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/viburnum-tinus-french-white/classid.4484/ I hope this helps, Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 16/3/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
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