June 2022 Bloom Report
For a sneak peek at how color is transforming our gardens and grounds, review our Bloom Report.
Bill Quade, Biltmore’s Senior Manager 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!
Cool mountain mornings make walks through the gardens a truly delightful experience. The annual summer install is now complete and tropical plants that spent the winter months inside greenhouses are now outside for everyone to enjoy.
The tropical displays both inside the Conservatory and outside take hundreds of hours to create and allow our talented horticulturists to showcase very unique plants. 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. When you visit the Village, be sure to see Biltmore Gardens Railway – Wonders of the World. Our horticulturists have done a remarkable job creating landscapes that represent the many iconic landmark structure locations in this must-see display.
—Bill Quade, Senior Manager of Horticulture
Summer at Biltmore
Conservatory: Medinilla, Flamingo Flower, Peace Lily, Bromeliad, Orchid, Impatiens, Hibiscus, Gardenia, Shrimp Plant, Abutilon
Shrub Garden: Hydrangea, Summersweet, Smoke Tree, Stewartia, Hypericum, Vitex, Abelia, Crepe Myrtle, Beautyberry, Veronica
Spring Garden: Smooth Leaf Hydrangea, Oakleaf Hydrangea
Azalea Garden: Hydrangeas, Abelia, Sweetbay Magnolia, Bottlebrush Buckeye, Sourwood, Hypericum, Geranium, Stewartia, Bigleaf Magnolia
Walled Garden: Roses, Coneflower, Black-Eyed Susan, Day Lily, Summer Annuals, Hydrangeas, Monarda, Gladiolus, Canna, Rose of Sharon
Entry and Approach Road: Abelia, Summer Annuals, Sourwood, Hydrangeas, Sweetbay Magnolia, Stewartia, Bottlebrush Buckeye, Hypericum, Bush Honeysuckle, Sweetshrub
Inn on Biltmore Estate: Hydrangeas, Roses, Abelia, Bush Honeysuckle, Day Lily, Coreopsis, Monarda, Canna, Gladiolus, Lavender
Antler Hill Village / Winery: Roses, Hydrangeas, Abelia, Coreopsis, Monarda, Gaura, Black-Eyed Susan, Day Lily, Clematis, Bottlebrush Buckeye
Recent Guest Questions
When is the best time to visit to see spring flowers?
April through May, although Mid-March is when the spring blooms start.
When can I see azaleas in bloom?
The early-blooming azaleas have already started to bloom. As we continue through April, more will start to show color and be very noticeable starting the second week in April.
When will the roses bloom?
The roses’ first flush of blooms is generally opening by Mother’s Day through the end of May. After that, we get intermittent summer blooming with a full flush again in September.
When will the cherry trees bloom?
We expect the cherries to be in bloom the third and last week of March.
Do you plant your tulips in pots outside?
No. The forced bulbs you see inside the Conservatory are potted up in November and then kept in a walk-in cooler for a specified number of days. They are then brought up to our production house to finish growing before being placed in the Conservatory. The bulbs you see planted at the main gate, entrance beds at Antler Hill Village, and the Walled Garden pattern beds are all planted in November. The supervisors of each area work to select early-, mid-, and late-blooming varieties to have bulbs blooming from March through the middle of April.
What do you do with your tulips at the end of the season?
We select hybrid tulips that provide the best bloom possible. As a result, blooms will diminish in future years. Each year we dig up all the tulips and compost them. The compost is then used in fields across the estate as a soil amendment.
When do you start feeding the Koi in the Italian Garden?
As soon as the water temperature reaches 50 degrees or higher. We’ll feed them from approximately early May until mid-October.
What is the large ball we see blooming at the Front Entrance, Walled Garden, and Village?
This is allium, more commonly referred to as ornamental onion.
What's the fragrant plant along the steps from the Conservatory down to A Gardener's Place?