Hummingbirds and Butterflies Abound at Biltmore

Written By Leeann Donnelly

Posted 07/14/17

Updated 07/14/17

In Our Gardens

Summertime is when some of our tiniest, most delicate guests come for an estate visit. Drawn to the large colorful patches of zinnias and bee balm, hummingbirds and butterflies flutter and dart around garden beds brimming with flowers planted there months earlier just for them.

The gardens in Antler Hill Village are particularly abuzz with these pretty creatures. Dusty Hafer, a crew member on Biltmore’s horticulture team, plans the planting beds for the village area, and he deliberately includes plants that attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

We asked Dusty for some tips on what plants the home gardener can plant to attract their own tiny visitors, and what’s working well in the village’s gardens.

“Variety is key to attracting butterflies and hummingbirds,” Dusty says. “Each has different preferences, so more garden variety yields more wildlife variety. Not only that, plant variety throughout the growing season is key. Layering your garden with overlapping bloom times will result in having the most options available throughout the year.”

According to Dusty, here’s what’s attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to Antler Hill Village right now. 

Dusty suggested additional strategies to attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Featured image: Hummingbird with Crocosmia plant

–First photo:   Butterfly with Butterfly Bush 

–Second photo: Butterfly with Gomphrena

–Third photo: Hydrangea

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