Italian Garden

The Italian Garden

Centred around a formal pool which started life as the family tennis court, this part of the Garden was converted by Robert Stephenson Clarke in 1982.

The Lower Terrace was renovated in 1999 with financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and replanted following a design by award winning garden designer Robin Williams.

Today it is one of the most popular rooms in the entire Garden. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy not only the summer colour around the pool but also the panoramic views stretching across the South Park and lakes.

The Lower Terrace contains several unusual trees and shrubs including the Discaria discolour and the Italian pots are filled with geraniums and agapanthus for summer colour.

The more formal Italian atmosphere of the area is enhanced with golden box planting interfilled with various shades of pink pelargoniums.

Recently the Upper Terrace was transformed to create cool shade and subtle colours. The geometric beds are edged with myrtle and Magnolia ‘Kay Paris’  trained into standards. A new camellia walk has been added on the east side of the terraces to create a colourful entrance, to make an enclosure and provide additional seasonal protection.

Other Interesting plants

  • Olearia nummularifolia
  • Ozothamnus thyrsoides
  • Arbutus x andrachnoides
  • Prunus ‘Taihaku’
  • Taxus baccata ‘Fastigiata’