Biltmore Bloom Report

April 11, 2024

Biltmore’s Director of Horticulture tells you what’s blooming when (and where!) across the estate.

One of the things I’ve always enjoyed about preparing spring’s weekly Bloom Reports is strolling the gardens and grounds and spending time to absorb every detail our guests experience.

Highlighting this week’s walk was the sweet scent of Viburnum combined with the beauty of blooming Redbuds, Dogwoods, Serviceberry, and Azaleas. What a delight for the senses! As deciduous trees continue to push new green growth that dots estate landscapes and distant mountainsides, the warm days are triggering daily changes in the gardens.

Our mid-season Tulips are giving way to late-season blooms of purple, orange, yellow, and pink. Chinese Wisteria is at peak, its long, pendulous flowers covering the north and south end of the Pergola at the top of the Shrub Garden. What better way to begin your walk to the Conservatory than by spending time beneath the full-bloom splendor of these blue-violet blossoms?

 

—Bill Quade, Director of Horticulture

What's Blooming This Week

In the Walled Garden near the Gardener’s Cottage, yellow and crimson mid-season Tulips show off amid their pink and lavender late-season counterparts—come see them before they’re gone!

In the Biltmore Walled Garden pattern beds, late-season Tulips share their purple, orange, yellow, and pink blooms.

The delightful scent of full-bloom Viburnum greets you as you stroll the paths of Biltmore’s Azalea Garden.

Also awaiting you in Biltmore’s Azalea Garden: Wood Hyacinths, the delicate bell-shaped purple and white blooms of which invite a closer look.

Vibrant clusters of Azalea blooms line this shady Shrub Garden staircase.

Inside Biltmore’s grand glass-roofed Conservatory, this bench offers a moment of quiet repose among potted Peace Lilies, Begonias, and Impatiens, all blooming in white.

As you make your way through the Shrub Garden toward the Conservatory, Redbuds and Azaleas dazzle in vivid shades of magenta, lavender-pink, and fuchsia.

Within the Shrub Garden, this flowering Pearlbush steals the show as Biltmore House peers through the branches of newly leafed-out trees.

Biltmore’s Evolving Landscape

A General Guide to What Blooms When

March Blooms at Biltmore

March usually offers spring’s first pops of color. Witch hazels, with bursts of orange, red, and yellow, are striking against the evergreens. Joining them are early season Daffodils, Lenten rose (Hellebore), Snowdrop, and Hyacinth, which create a splendid lower canopy of color across the estate.

The early blooming shrubs our gardeners have worked so hard to maintain, such as Japanese pieris, Spirea, and Winter jasmine, offer bold statements. The Cornelian cherry dogwood shows off clusters of tiny star-shaped flowers, and the blossoms of white and black pussy willow in the Azalea Garden signal winter’s passing and spring’s imminent arrival. Now brimming with Tulips, Daffodils, and Grape hyacinth, our Conservatory is also home to a stunning collection of Orchids at peak bloom.

March Daffodils in Biltmore's Gardens

April Blooms at Biltmore

Seasonal Tulips and Daffodils steal the show in April, seen in beds at the estate’s entrance, in the Walled Garden, and in Antler Hill Village. The Redbuds, Serviceberry, and Flowering dogwoods show plenty of color throughout the estate, enhancing the drive up the Approach Road and time spent in our gardens.

Each day, new plants bloom in the gardens near Biltmore House; as Forsythia begins to fade, Quince, Viburnum, and Fothergilla step into the spotlight. Azaleas begin to flower in April, and as their blooms continue to intensify, our Azalea Garden becomes a glorious tapestry of hues.

April Tulips in Biltmore's Walled Garden

May Blooms at Biltmore

In May, the Mountain laurels, accompanied by the Catawba hybrid rhododendrons, should be in full bloom along the Approach Road and within the gardens, offering a dazzling welcome for Biltmore’s guests. Adding to this lush, colorful display: Kousa dogwood, Sweetshrub, Mock orange, Yellowwood, and Fringe trees.

Peak bloom builds in the Rose Garden with this month’s warm weather, which will push herbaceous perennials toward making bold color statements of their own. Peony, False indigo, and Iris create a rich layer of color throughout the Walled Garden, a lovely complement to the spring annuals and the blooming American wisteria that grows along the east wall. Quite fragrant, these lovely, drooping lilac-to-bluish-purple clusters also adorn the arbor to the Winery and the trellis behind Village Hotel.

May Roses in Biltmore's Walled Garden

June Blooms at Biltmore

Cool mountain mornings make walks through the gardens a truly delightful experience. The annual summer install is complete and tropical plants that spent the winter months inside greenhouses are now outside for everyone to enjoy.

June is a wonderful time to see a variety of Hydrangeas in bloom throughout the gardens, in Antler Hill Village, and at The Inn. Although they offer smaller blossoms than Hydrangea, Abelia is an equally striking plant to see in bloom; it’s such a joy to watch bees dart in and out of the flowers collecting pollen. With June’s warmer days, perennials will undoubtedly add plenty of color within the Walled Garden and smaller beds across the Shrub Garden.

June Hydrangeas in Biltmore's Gardens

July Blooms at Biltmore

Biltmore is beautiful in July, offering spectacular views for guests to enjoy throughout our gardens and grounds. In Antler Hill Village, wave upon wave of Sunflowers rise skyward and share their cheerful full-bloom faces.

Hydrangeas, Crepe myrtles, Butterfly bush, Vitex, and Sourwood are blooming, adding a variety of vibrant blossoms and a valuable source of nectar for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.

While strolling the gardens, be sure to stop at the Conservatory to see the incredible tropical displays our gardeners have created which feature Palms, Banana, Bromeliads, Begonia, Ginger, Plumeria, and Tropical hibiscus.

August Blooms at Biltmore

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

The Water lily display in the Italian Garden is an absolute delight as you begin a stroll through the gardens.

The blossoms of Hydrangeas and Abelia throughout the Shrub Garden highlight the taller blooming Crepe myrtle, Vitex, and Butterfly bushes.

August Water Lilies in Biltmore's Gardens