Will Escallonia stand up to strong winds?
We have a north-east-facing garden on a hillside. When we moved in the fence at the bottom of the garden was completely rotten and the box shrubs in front of it were all dead or dying. We have ripped out the fence and most of the box.
I want to plant a hedge that will withstand strong winds (which we don't get often but do get once or twice in Winter) so that we don't need to build another fence there.
I've heard Escallonia is good for coastal gardens so assume it can stand up to the occasional strong wind, plus I think they're gorgeous little shrubs with lovely flowers.
Does anyone have any experience with escallonia and whether it will survive in a spot like this? How long will 30-50cm plants in 2L pots take to grow to 1m and 2m and is there anything I will need to do to protect the plants while young?
Current favourites are Escallonia Iveyi & Donard Seedling.
Any advice people can give would be great
Many thanks, Jade