- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June to September
- Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection)
Clusters of fragrant, pure white flowers from June to September among small, lustrous, dark green leaves, often bronze-tinted in cold weather. This upright, evergreen shrub prefers a sheltered, sunny site with fertile, well-drained soil. To fully appreciate the wonderfully scented flowers, it's best grown in a border close to an entrance or path.
- 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:I have had this shrub for about 2 years and although it is growing and the leves are nice and shiny it has never flowered.
Why would this be?Asked on 6/6/2014 by amateur gardener from Birmingham
There are a number of reasons why plants don't flower including too much shade or not enough water or nutrients. It can also be caused by the plant putting on new root growth instead of focusing its energies on producing flowers. I am not really sure why yours has not produced buds, but given time and the right conditions, there is no reason why it wont flower. You can often give them a bit of a push by feeding during the growing season with a high potash fertiliser.Answered on 6/10/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:Escallonia iveyi as a hedge
Hi, I would like to plant a hedge in front of my London home - it needs to be about 1.2m tall. I want to plant it in a 2m deep trough which goes straight into the ground - the trough is 20cm wide. The house (ie the width of the hedge) is 2m wide. Would Escallonia iveyi be suitable and what size plants should I order? Thanks TamsinAsked on 9/30/2009 by Tamsin Saunders
A:Hello Tamsin, They should be fed according to the instructions on the box with a general purpose fertiliser such as MiracleGro or Growmore. As for pot size, we only sell 1 size which is a 3lt pot, and the plant will be around 30cm tall. Best regards, Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 9/30/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Hello Tamsin, I'm afraid that a 20cm wide trough, does sound extremely narrow, and therefore is not really ideal for a substantial hedge. If however you make sure the plants are kept really well fed and watered, then you may get a small hedge, and Escallonia is certainly
lovely. I'm sorry not to be more help. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 9/30/2009 by Tamsin Saunders
A:Thanks - what would you recommend I feed them with? What size pots/ height plants should I get to fit this width?Answered on 10/1/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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