villa carlotta – lake como italy

Villa Carlotta on the edge of lake Como in northern Italy

This would have to be one my favourite gardens for citrus I’ve found so far. It mainly revolves around a planting of various citrus along a walk on a long terrace along the front of the main buildings facing the lake. It is split into 2 sections which are simply metal arches with the trees trained to grow over the walkway. The trees are very old now and heavily pruned and fitted to the space available. Much of the aesthetic interest is the age of the building, location and trees… but it is a simple device that really feels good when you see it and walk through it.

The rest of the garden is interesting in that it is built to fit a very small lake side area with steep mountainous back side and fairly extreme weather variations.