It’s difficult to find out who brought in the otherwise austere park the loveliness of colours given by the flowering bushes. The oldest are the one coloured rhododendrons placed in groups very near to the palace, so to frame it and be visible from the inside.
Being the soil acid and rich of heap of dead leaves and pine needles all the acidofile bushes grow with ease. As a matter of fact rhododendrons and hydrangeas are the real stars of the park. Camellias have recently been planted and are blossoming. Every year new species are chosen to improve even further the colorful effect and to create a wide collection.
The flowering bushes have been probably planted by Anna Lomellini di Aragona wife of General Aimaro Malingri. Being her family from sunny Liguria, she brought along the colours and flowers she loved and was used to paint them in a wonderful manner.
Azzaruolus (Crataegus azzarolus – white flowers – acid peculiar fruits)
Harlequin (Clerodendron trichotomum, little white scented flowers)
Weigela (Weigela Gustave Mallet ?)
Deutzia (Deutzia gracilis, Deutzia gracilis grandiflora)
Philadelphus ( Philadelphus lemoinei, white citrus scented flowers)
Buddleia ( Buddleia davidii – bright pink)
Synphoricarpus albus (strange white flowers)
Viburnum (Viburnum tinus)
Buisson ardent (Chaenomeles superba – bears spikes – it’s bright red flowers declare that pring has began)
Aucuba (Aucuba japonica – Aucuba japonica variegata – evergreen – red berries)
Olea fragrans (Osmanthus osmarea)
English laurel (Prunus laurocerasus Otto Luyken)
Lily (Syiringa blue hyacinth)
Kerria (Kerria japonica pleniflora – gold flowers)
they have lately been planted: the first one (double flower, deep pink, unknown kind) was planted in 1997 and is a gift from Roberto Gabetti to the owner Consolata d’Isola. After living 5 years in a vase in Turin it began to suffer and it was brought to Bagnolo. The cold winter climate (down to -18 C°) was thought to be excessive for camellias.
Fortunately the experiment was a success and this camellia became the first one of a growing collection.
It takes time and passion to have camellias become a significant part of the park but they are growing to become an important presence.
White: Magnoliaeflora, Nuccio’s gem, Superba, Suprema, Nobilissima
Deep red: Adolphe Audusson
Dark red: Dr. Burnside (fiore grande doppio)
Pale pink: Pearl Maxwell, Magnoliaeflora (fiore a campanella doppio)
Bright pink: Altheiflora, jean May ( doppia)
Veined pink: Lavinia Maggi, Oki No Nami
Bright red: Kanjiro
Snow-white: Hino de Gumo
Pale pink: Cleopatra