July Blooms at Tryon Palace

Happy July! Even though the weather has been a bit unpleasant between muggy hot days and overly frequent downpours, our gardens are still full of blooms. Ironically enough, this nasty weather for people happens to be primetime for many of our perennials to flourish and attract their accompanying pollinators! During the early morning- check out the kitchen garden for sunflowers, leek blooms, apples and awesome heirlooms galore! In the heat of the day, cool off with a walk through the Wilderness under the gorgeous magnolias. When you’re ready for more sun, peak into the pollinator paradise of the Hawks Allee and check out the awesome annuals in the Latham and Carraway Gardens- the bananas are a garden staff favorite!

If you’re interested in a long term “behind the scenes” venture, we are looking for volunteers for pruning, planting, raking, mulching, watering, weeding. It’s a great way to learn some gardening tips and tricks, especially for our area If you’re interested in volunteering with us, please contact me at hadley.cheris@ncdcr.gov.

We hope to see you soon! Happy Gardening,

Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager


Stay tuned this summer as these annuals grow big and beautiful- Pennisetum 'Fireworks' and Pentas 'Butterfly Mix'- 2 months after planting!
  • Angelonia ‘Serena Mix’, ‘Serena White’
  • Annual Phlox (Phlox drummondii) mix
  • Banana ‘Musa’
  • Basil, multiple varieties- lavender, white, dark purple
  • Cardinal Basil- massive purple flower heads
  • Batchelor’s Buttons (Centaurea cyanus) blue
  • Begonias Tophat White with Green Leaf’
  • California Poppy (Escholzia californica) yellow, white, orange
  • Celosia ‘Century Mix’, ‘Sol Gekko Green’
  • Cleome ‘Clio Magenta’
  • Coleus ‘Kong Mix Empire’, ‘Chocolate Covered Cherry’, ‘Stained Glassworks’
  • Cuphea ‘Sriacha Rose’; FloriGlory Diana; Dynamite, ‘Pink Shimmer’
  • Dahlia ‘Figaro Mix’
  • Dianthus- Super Parfait Raspberry, Zing Rose
  • Dusty Miller ‘Silver Dust’
  • Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana sp) various
  • Gazania ‘Tiger Mix’, ‘Pink Shades’, ‘Colorado’, ‘Sunny Side Up’, ‘New Magic’, ‘New Day Yellow’, ‘Enorma Mix’
  • Gerbera ‘Revolution Mix Select’, ‘Floriline Maxi Mix’
  • Geranium ‘Americana White’
  • Gomphrena ‘Buddy Purple’, ‘Las Vegas Mix’
  • Hibiscus ‘Mahogany Splendor’
  • Johnny-jump-up (Viola tricolor) purple and yellow
  • Marigolds- yellows, reds, oranges
  • Pennisetum Fireworks- purple blades
  • Pentas- Butterfly Mix, Glitterati Purple Sta,
  • Portulaca ‘Happy Hour Mix’
  • Salvia farinacea ‘Victoria White’, ‘Victoria Blue’, ‘Evolution Violet Blue’, ‘Sallyfun Deep Ocean’
  • Torenia ‘Kauai Rose’
  • Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) various
  • Sunflowers (Helianthus sp.) various colors of yellow and red
  • Sweet Potato Vine (Ipomea) 'Flora Mia Cameo', 'Flora Mia Verdino'
  • Sweet William (Dianthus) Telstar Mix; red, white, pink
  • Vinca- ‘Cora XDR Mix’, ‘Cora XDR White’, ‘Pacifica White’
  • Zinnias- multiple varieties


Mixing perennials makes for long blooming and textural success! (Milkweed, Phlox, Joe Pye Weed)
  • Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus) blue, pink, white
  • Balloon Milkweed (Asclepias physocarpus)
  • Bachelor’s Button (Centaurea montana)
  • Barrenwort (Epimedium grandiflorum) yellow
  • Bath’s Pink (Dianthus gratianopolitanus) pink
  • Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) red
  • Spotted Bee Balm (Monarda punctata)
  • Betony “Hummelo” purple
  • Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) yellow
  • Blanket Flower (Gaillardia puchella) red + yellow
  • Bleeding Heart (Dicentra eximia) pink/white
  • Bluebeard (Caryopteris x clandonensis Gold Crest) Gold foliage, blue blooms
  • Bronze Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) yellow
  • Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) blue
  • Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) yellow,orange ***May have Monarch Caterpillars***
  • Callirhoe/ Purple Poppy Mallow
  • Cape Leadwort (Plumbago capensis) blue
  • Carnation (Dianthus sp.) various
  • Carolina Phlox (Phlox Carolina ‘Miss Lingard’) white
  • Catmint (Nepeta faassenii) blue, pink
  • Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) red/yellow & (Aquilegia vulgare) rose, purple, white spurs
  • Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) blue
  • Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) various
  • Coral Bells (Heuchera sp.) variety of leaf colors, blooms white or pink
  • Dusty Miller- gray foliage, yellow flowers
  • English Daisy (Bellis perennis) white, pink
  • Daisy, Ox-Eye (Leucanthemum vulgare); Shasta (Chrysanthemum X superbum) white
  • Fleabane (Erigeron sp) white
  • Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata)- ‘David’- white; ‘Eva Cullum’ –pink
  • Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ & ‘Sparkle White’) pink, white
  • Giant Coneflower (Rudbeckia maxima) yellow
  • Green-headed Coneflower (Rudbeckia lacinata) yellow
  • Hosta sp. White, lavendar bloom spikes
  • Hyssop (Agastache sp.) blue, warm colors
  • Indigofera kirilowii purple
  • Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracenis) purple, white
  • Lantana ‘Dallas Red’, ‘Evita Orange’, ‘Evita Rose’
  • Lisianthus 'Voyage Pink' pink
  • Lisianthus 'Voyage Champagne' pale yellow
  • Lungwort (Pulmonaria saccharata) blue
  • Lithodrora diffusa blue
  • Lungwort (Pulmonaria saccharata) blue
  • Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera) yellow/brown
  • Hairy Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum pilosum)
  • Narrow Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum tenuifolium)
  • Rose Campion (Lychnis coronaria) pink or white
  • Rue (Ruta graveolens) chartreuse
  • Salvia (Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’) red & white & (Salvia greggii) red, pink
  • Scented geraniums-small pink, lavender flowers
  • Shasta daisy (Chrysanthemum X superbum) white
  • Soapwort (Saponaria ocymoides) pink
  • Spotted Dead Nettle (Lanium macultum) variegated foliage
  • Stokes’ Aster (Stokesia laevis) blue
  • Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) red, white, pink
  • Valerian (Centranthus ruber) red
  • Vervain (Verbena bonariensis) purple
  • Virginia Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana) blue, purple, pink
  • Vinca (Vinca minor) blue
  • Viper’s Bugloss (Echium vulgare) blue & Viper’s Bugloss (Echium tuberculatum) pink
  • Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) purple
  • Wild Geranium (Geranium pratense) magenta
  • Yarrow (Achillea sp.) yellow, white, pastels

Bulbs, Corms and Rhizomes

Crocosmia has a great grass like foliage and small bright blooms that fill a garden bed!
  • Asiatic Lilies (Lilium sp.) reds, yellows, orange, pink
  • Blackberry Lily (Iris domestica) orange speckled, with blackberry like seed pods
  • Crinum lily-pink, white
  • Crocosmia red, orange, yellow
  • Daylilies (Hemerocallis sp:): ‘Happy Returns’ yellow; ‘Stella d’ Oro’ yellow-orange; ‘Pardon Me’ wine w/yellow throat; ‘Prairie Blue Eyes’ lavender; variety of reds, yellows, oranges, pinks
  • Elephant Ear (Colocasia) ‘Black Coral’, ‘Hawaiian Punch’
  • Formosa lily (Lilium formosum) white
  • Ginger Lily (Hedychium coronarium) white, yellow, orange
  • Gladiolus variety
  • Gloriosa Lily (Gloriosa superba) yellow, red
  • Iris:

• Bearded Iris “Immortality” white, reblooming

• Variegated Japanese Iris (Iris ensata) variegated green and white foliage, purple bloom

• Siberian Iris (Iris siberica) purple

  • Naked Ladies or Surprise Lily (Lycoris squamigeria ) pink sans foliage
  • Oriental Lily (Lilium oriental ‘Rubrum’)
  • Pineapple Lily (Eucomis comosa ‘Sparkling Burgundy’) - burgundy
  • Pink Rain Lily (Habranthus robustus) pink
  • Rain Lily (Zephyranthes sp.) pink, white
  • Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum or P. multiflorum) variegated foliage, white blooms
  • Tiger Lily (Lilium sp.) orange & black


The doorways in the Kellenberger Garden offer the perfect smell-o-vision framing for Confederate Jasmine!
  • Confederate Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) white, fragrant
  • Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sumpervirens) native, red and yellow
  • Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata) orange
  • Vinca (Vinca minor) blue


  • Drift Roses (Rosa 'Meigalpio') Red
  • Knock out Roses (Rosa 'Knock Out') pink, red, white, yellow
  • Old Blush Rose (Rosa chinensis) pink
  • Heirloom Roses: ‘Safrano’ – yellow; ‘Marie Van Houtte’ – white; ‘Duchess de Brabant’ – pink; ‘Perles des Jardin’ – yellow; ‘Crème la Cerumois Superior’ – red; ‘Souvenir de la Mal Maison’ – light pink; ‘Champney’s Pink Cluster’ – light pink; ‘Dark Lady’ – deep red; David Austin

Trees and Shrubs

Southern magnolias are showoffs- you can find these monster blooms in the front gardens of the Commission House or in the Wilderness Garden!
  • Anise Tree (Illicium parviflorum) white
  • Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) pink
  • Bush Clover (Lespedeza sp.) fuschia pink
  • Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii) purple, pink, white
  • Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus) blue, pink
  • Common Myrtle (Myrtus communis) white
  • Crape Myrtles (Lagerstroemia sp) pink, white
  • Elderberry (Sambucus sp.) white
  • Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides) white, fragrant
  • Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) blue, pink
  • Lacecap Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla normalis) pink, blue
  • Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) white, white to pink to red
  • Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) setting fruit
  • Pomegranate (Punica granata) coral- orange
  • Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia) small white
  • Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) white with red, pink, purple
  • Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) white, fragrant
  • Spanish Bayonet (Yucca aloifolia) white
  • Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana) white, slight fragrance
  • Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummuondii) red
  • Variegated Hydrangea (Hydrangea X) white-pink
  • Weiglia (Weiglia florida) pink and white

Kitchen Garden:

  • Carrots, parsley, Swiss chard, artichoke, cardoon, potatoes, strawberries, leeks, onions, mints, oregano, thyme, salad burnet, yarrow, chamomile, basil, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, okra, peas, heliotrope, beans, garlic, squash, muskmelons, watermelons, roselle, cotton, popcorn, figs
Created By
Hadley Cheris