Escallonia macrantha Rubra ‘Crimson Spire’: The Best Garden Hedges Don’t Have To Be Green Pt. 3

Colour, particularly in the garden, is down to personal taste – one gardener’s bright orange is another gardener’s garish blot. And few colours offer more variety in its spectrum than red…
Hardiness: ****
Ease of maintenance: *****
Drought Resistance: ****
Growth Rate: Vigorous
Soil type: Any
Wet/Dry: Moist but well-drained soil
Preferred situation: Sheltered partial shade or full sun
Height / Spread: 4m / 4m
The flowers of Escallonia ‘Crimson Spire’ are undoubtedly red; a dark, more muted red that is subtly striking. For those who want colour from their hedge (it flowers from summer right through autumn) but don’t want that colour to over-dominate, Escallonia ‘Crimson Spire’ offers a perfect balance. It’s glossy, green foliage is similarly and sympathetically easy on the eye.
On the practical side, few hedging plants are as tolerant or require so little looking after. Happy in any well-drained soil (including chalk and clay) and in any spot from sun to partial shade, Escallonia ‘Crimson Spire ‘is perfect for the impatient gardener wanting maximum reward for minimum effort…
Escallonia ‘Crimson Spire is one of the fastest growing hedging plants (particularly useful if you are planting a hedge to serve as a privacy screen)  and requires no maintenance other than an annual autumn trim.
Escallonia ‘Crimson Spire also grows well in coastal areas and makes an excellent specimen plant – perfect to hide the oil tank or next-doors climbing frame.