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August 2022 Bloom Report

For a sneak peek at how color is transforming our gardens and grounds, review our Bloom Report.
Bill Quade, Biltmore’s Director of Horticulture, tells you what’s blooming when (and where!) across our magnificent estate. Plus, see answers to some of our frequently asked garden questions!

By August, the summer annuals the estate’s talented gardeners have meticulously tended since May are in full bloom.

The water lily display in the Italian Garden is an absolute delight as you begin a stroll through the gardens. You will also find water lilies at the Conservatory, Village Hotel, The Inn, and the Reception and Ticketing Sales Center. The hydrangeas and abelia blooming throughout the Shrub Garden highlight the taller blooming crepe myrtle, vitex, and butterfly bushes. The Walled Garden brims with lush plantings, with the Sunfinity Yellow Sunflower stealing the show.

As you travel across the estate, take time to enjoy the pastoral scenery along the roadsides. Frederick Law Olmsted, Biltmore’s landscape architect, intended these areas to have trees “standing singly and in groups, in being more free from underwood, and in having a turf surface.” Recently planted trees have grown well due to the efforts of the staff to preserve this original Olmsted design intent.

—Bill Quade, Director of Horticulture

Summer at Biltmore

Large orange hibiscus flowers nestle among bright yellow daylilies in the Walled Garden.

Native to the African and Asian tropics, mussaenda blooms within displays outside the Conservatory.

Butterfly bush offers up lush purple blooms throughout the Walled Garden.

Vibrant green banana leaves provide a lovely backdrop for orange hibiscus blossoms and sunny yellow black-eyed susans.

Vitex agnus-castus, also known as chasteberry, looms over an abundance of black-eyed susans and black and blue salvia.

Glorious roses show off their full blooms as black-eyed susans seemingly cheer them on from the background.

Stroll along the North Road of the Walled Garden to enjoy this border brimming with banana, hibiscus, cannas, sunpatiens, and coleus.

Conservatory: Orchids, Anthurium, Banana, Begonia, Hardy and Tropical Hibiscus, Gingers, Heliconia

Shrub Garden: Crepe Myrtle, Franklinia, Roses, Panicle Hydrangea, Oakleaf Hydrangea, Abelia, Ceanothus Hybrids, Vitex, Butterfly Bush, Cassia, Plumleaf Azalea, Russian Sage, Water Lilies

Spring Garden: Smooth Hydrangea, Oakleaf Hydrangea

Azalea Garden: Sweetspire, Smooth Hydrangea, Shasta Daisy, Coneflower, Plumleaf Azalea, Cyrilla

Walled Garden: Southern Magnolia, Crepe Myrtle, Vitex, Roses, Clematis, Hibiscus, Salvias, Daylilies, Lavender (early in the month), Crocosmia, Dahlia, annual displays featuring SunPatiens, Sunflower, Verbena, Cannas, Coleus, Coneflowers

Entry and Approach Road: Plumleaf Azalea, Franklinia, Abelia, Water Lily, Pond Lily

Inn on Biltmore Estate: Roses, Abelia, Hydrangeas, Geranium, Dahlia, Daylilies

Antler Hill Village / Winery / Village Hotel: Crepe Myrtle, Hibiscus, Mandevilla Vine, Panicle Hydrangeas, Roses, Vitex, Coneflowers, summer annuals

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