Escallonia is an attractive shrub which is easy to grow, but it does need the right conditions and will not thrive in all gardens.
Escallonia is a pretty evergreen shrub with glossy leaves and a profusion of flowers in late spring and early summer, which are usually pink, red or white, and in some varieties, scented. Escallonia looks good as a specimen shrub, but also makes a great hedge and is often used for hedging in coastal gardens where it is suitable to grow. Escallonia are tolerant of windy areas and of salt spray, but not of cold winds.
Escallonia are low maintenance and do not require pruning, but should you feel the need it is best not to prune in the spring, which will be before flowering and result in no flowers that year. It can be tempting to take the secateurs to the garden in the spring, but if Escallonia, or any spring flowering shrubs are pruned, the wood carrying the flowers will be cut off. Either do not prune it or prune it with just a light shearing after flowering in late summer.