A selection of our favourite Trees and Shrubs of the Italian Lakes in Northern Italy by Karen Mariconda
Even pruned and shaped Japanese Acers are abundant whereas in the UK these are rarely shaped.
If visiting this pristine and serene area be sure to visit the Giardini Botanici di Villa Taranto on Lake Maggiore for stunning views and some very ancient trees. Of particular interest were a couple of Cornus Contraversa Variegated – the Wedding Cake Tree. We would estimate that these were around 8-10m in height and glorious in this park-like environment. Every corner of these gardens had a new surprise.
A grouping of Dicksonia Antarctica Tree Ferns was a real treat for us, as one of our very favourite plants. These were spectacular specimens (although we were told off for walking on the grass to get these photos!).
Trachycarpus Fortunei Palms we expected to grow well, being the hardiest palm in the world, but they are surprisingly rich and lush dark green in the areas surrounding the Italian Lakes and the foliage grows shorter than normal probably due to the colder weather conditions in the winter.
Deep pink, glorious blue /purple and white hydrangeas grow abundantly all along the lake areas. Hydrangea Paniculata (white flowering) seems to grow particularly large and bushy and has established itself well in this location. It is a new best-selling plant now at our Plant Centre in Enfield, North London.
Leaving the lakes and travelling to the nearby mountains of Macugnaga, Monte Rosa the streams and valleys are covered with masses of ferns, Himalyan Birch, pines and other enormous conifers.
Dramatic scenery and stunning architectural plants are everywhere in this incredibly peaceful area.
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