My neighbor has been watering his lawn almost non-stop for several weeks even though it's February, and we live on the central Oregon coast. His sprinklers also water my escallonia pink princess hedge to the point that the soil is soggy all the time. Is this harmful to the hedge? If we get a frost will this soggy soil increase the danger to the hedge?
Unless you are seeing signs of rot, like spotting and excessive leaf drop, I don't think it will cause it much harm. You can add wettable sulfur to the soil to prevent any infection from starting. Plus, sulfur is good for the soil regardless, so adding it would be a good thing to do anyways.
This article will give you more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/escallonia/growing-an-escallonia-hedge.htm
I would like specimen plants, (not a hedge) approximately 8 feet tall. I live in Sacramento, CA, Zone 10. Which Escallonia Varieties do you recommend? Please describe the colors & how tall & wide they would be of those plants.Thanks for your answer! kitty.wilson@ comcast.net
The best course of action will be to visit a local nursery. They will have varieties that are best suited to your area, and will give a good idea of how big each variety will get. You could also try Amazon, Etsy, or Ebay. They have almost anything that you could need, but you will have to go through them to find which will suit your needs best.
As far as not being a hedge... They will all be hedge form, but pruning all lower growth can shape one into a "tree".
In the meantime, this article will give you a general description of the Genus: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/escallonia/growing-an-escallonia-hedge.htm
Our septic drainfield is in our front yard. We want to plant escallonia for a hedge, but don't know if it's a safe plant for around septic/drainfield. So, we are considering (8)large planters to create a hedge. Unless the root system will not affect the septic/drainfield.
I think that this choice would suit the area, just fine! This shrub has a shallow root system that will not harm the septic system. You could grow them, in ground, or in container if you wish.
Here is an article that will help you to care for this, easygoing, shrub: