Biltmore Estate Gardens

Photo By The Biltmore Company

Flowering Quince

This shrub is another early-season bloomer that pushes out flowers before leaves unfurl. The result is spring magic at its best. At Biltmore, gardeners also look to new varieties of old-fashioned favorites like quince. The Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Station, located in Mills River, is part of North Carolina State University and home to the Storm Series of flowering quinces. “These quinces open double flowers, larger flowers that bloom farther out on the stems—they’re really great plants,” Andes says.