Fall Color Report

Fall Color Report

Here at Biltmore, hundreds of vibrant chrysanthemums and salvias fill the Walled Garden, Estate Entry, and Winery beds during the fall. The mountains of western North Carolina have the most diverse forest anywhere in the U.S. Because of this, our fall color stretches out longer and has more variety.

Parker Andes, our Director of Horticulture, has this to say about this week's fall color forecast:

"Despite the warm weather, fall is arriving right on time. Autumn colors are really beginning to show at higher elevations; on the estate we are now getting our first look of fall on a larger scale. While it is still too early for what might be called peak color, red maples and sugar maples are showing color and they are some of our most reliable trees. As guests take the Approach Road up to the house, maroon dogwoods, light red sourwoods, and hints of yellow on hickory are kicking things off beautifully. The shrubs and ferns have color down low and add to the overall beauty of the landscape.

In the formal gardens the berries are attracting song birds in good numbers and Viburnum, Sweetspire, and other shrubs actually provide some of the best leaf color. In the Shrub and Azalea Garden, Japanese maples offer a blush of color which will get better each day through the last week of October. Fall does have its own fragrances; on sunny warm days in the Azalea garden, guests can smell a cotton candy scent coming from the yellow leaves of several Katsura trees. The oaks across the estate are still mostly green; they will offer the best of our color in late October or early November, depending on when we get a frost.

The fall mums, salvias, and color accent plants are at their peak in the formal beds across the estate. The gardeners have put together some wonderful combinations that make beautiful backdrops for family and group photographs.With no frost yet, roses across the estate are still blooming, and guests may notice that gardeners are no longer deadheading them, but letting the flowers finish on their own. We do this to help the plant go dormant and be ready for the cold weather to come."

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