September is a month for new and gaudy blooms in the Borromean Islands and the Pallavicino Park
September, a second spring
On the Isola Madre, the most important of Lake Maggiore for its exotic plants, avenues are tinged with the colours of Amarillys, Canna indica, Fuchsias and Lantanas, while the walls are covered by cascades of flowers of Ipomeas and Bougainvilleas.
Oleanders and Claire Martin roses dominate the terraces of Isola Bella that slope down towards the lake. One particular variety with delicious coral-coloured buds that become salmon pink and finally peach pink when they are in bloom.
On the coast, in Stresa and in the Pallavicino Park, Zinnias, Impatiens and Begonias are in full bloom.
In all the three gardens you can find Olea fragrans, with creamy white flowers with orange hues that may look inconspicuous but have an intoxicating scent.
You will be surprised by the Colocasias, known as elephant ears for their shape and greatness, which in the month of September are at the top of their beauty. Do not miss the Plumbago - a shrub with blue flowers - and the Datura (also called Brumgasia) - with its upside-down white, yellow or pink corollas: they flourish here and there, along the avenues and in the flowerbeds.
One of the absolute stars of the Borromean Islands is certainly the Hibiscus. The plant covers approximately 300 species of tropical and subtropical origins, among which the Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is the most beautiful and varied; an evergreen that has produced infinite varieties. About eighty different varieties grow in both gardens. The flowers come in a wide range of colours, ranging from white to orange, pink, fuchsia and brown, and can be multicolored, multi-tiered or "crumpled".
Rustic and tropical water lilies bloom in the fountains and in the pools of the Islands in the hottest days. Among them, the tropical Nymphaea August Koch is certainly one of the most popular varieties, as well as one of the largest. The leaves are green with ink-coloured spots, and their elongated buds are similar to the head of a snake. Once opened, the flower has a diameter of up to 25 centimeters. The colour of the corolla is lavender blue, with numerous violet and yellow stamens and a golden yellow heart.