Escallonia is an evergreen shrub which originates from South America. It is attractive 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. It is used for hedging, especially in coastal gardens, because it is tolerance of wind and of salt spray. Escallonia is ideal for sea side gardens; the image on the right is of an Escallonia hedge growing in Guernsey. However, not all Escallonias are fully hardy and are best planted away from cold winds.