The gardens at Biltmore are fabulous, as expected.
The wooded garden area is huge, and I doubt that we saw all of it. It is naturalistic in design, but definitely has some order to it. There are wide paved paths through sunny and shady areas.
Most of the shrubs were unfamiliar to me.
But a few had labels. This Weigela (Weigela florida) in the honeysuckle family is gorgeous.
At one spot, there was a glimpse into the more formal gardens. The wooden arbor seen here is in the center of the gardens that are laid out symmetrically.
At the main steps that lead down into the formal gardens, almost the whole garden is in view. In the far back is the conservatory with tropical plants. These were popular on large estates during the Victorian age. Today, they are found in large public gardens.
A type of Beebalm, maybe. A reader provided the information that this is a Centaurea. Glad to know.
Tall spikes of Gomphrena pop with the shaded wall background.
Japanese Iris require an acidic soil, so we certainly cannot grow them here.
Almost all of the flowers were planted in generous groupings.
The white tree in the background at the right caught my attention.
Closer, it’s still a mystery.
Ah ha – a Fringe Tree (Chionanthus virginicus). I’ve only seen ones with orange blossoms in our area.
Lots of different types of Bearded Irises scattered throughout the garden.
A large rose garden area had all kinds of different varieties. It was a little too early in the year for them to be in full bloom.
Behind the wall at the back of the gardens are greenhouses plus a nursery.
Love the contrasting colors.
The Peonies blew me away.
It is just too hot and dry here to grow them.
But, if I could, I’d have a whole yard of them.
Love them all.
Pretty color in the petals but unknown to me.
This white plant was very strange and was in two different spots. I couldn’t tell if they were bulbs that needed to keep their foliage until it all shriveled up or if it was a plant with that color of foliage.
Euphorbia Lime Green bush.
The flower beds along the outside walls were wide and layered. Very attractive with the wooded garden behind them. Wonder how they weed?
Azaleas that must be young plants.
In one corner of the wall was what looked like a house. I figured it was a storage area for gardening supplies, but it might have been a house for a gardener at one time. Behind the lady, who was a gardener putting out bedding plants, and to her right is an arched exit that leads into more wooded garden areas.
“Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity.” Lindley Karstens