This is your official source for the 2014 spring bloom report in Asheville and Western North Carolina. Every two weeks we'll tell you where spring blooms are most prevalent in the mountains. Be sure to visit this page often for the most current spring updates.
As May draws to a close and June peeks around the corner, the soft shades of spring give way to summer's bold hues in and around Asheville. This is the season when Korean dogwoods are at their most spectacular. Along the Blue Ridge Parkway, the native Catawba Rhododendron are beginning to crack open between Asheville and Mt. Mitchell.
Biltmore's English Walled Garden, created by Frederick Law Olmstead to be a sanctuary from the sometimes fickle mountain weather, is a must-see from now through the fall color season. Summer annuals like zinnias, ornamental onions and salvia, which were planted weeks earlier, are coming into their own. So, too, are the 250 hybrid and tea roses.
The North Carolina Arboretum's 65 gardens are bursting with color and inspiration, including dozens of container gardens and the Bonsai Exhibition Garden, considered to be one of the finest and most unique in the U.S. Stroll past beds of pastel Peonies, blue and yellow Baptisia, and Solomon Seal on your way to the Quilt Garden and see what combination of summer annuals is being used to create the stunning symmetry that pays tribute to a mountain household item and art form.
Wild for Wildflowers: As spring slips quietly into summer, delicate blooms give way to bolder, brightly colored wildflowers like Larkspur and Phlox. Take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, visiting Craggy Gardens to see the Catawba Rhododendron at their best and Mt. Mitchell to see the white blossoms of the Great Laurel later in the summer. In July, look for Turk's Cap Lily and its slightly smaller cousin the Carolina Lily in wet meadows and moist woods. Check out our wildflower schedule to find out where forest blooms will be popping up next.
A weekend getaway can become its own adventure with this explorers package from A Bed of Roses Bed & Breakfast. In addition to overnight accommodations in one of Asheville's historic B&Bs, guest will receive an Asheville trail guide and a delicious boxed from DOUGH, Asheville's chef-owned bakery and market. You'll also be prepared for emergencies with a complementary Paraviral survival bracelet!
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