SeptemberBlooms AT tRYON pALACE

Fall begins this month in New Bern and I’m a little sad to see the summer season go. While I absolutely adore fall weather and all the fall changes in plants, coffee flavors and pie, I’ll miss summer. While it’s been a wet hot one, we’ve had some spectacular blooms, garden changes and educational opportunities this season. In the gardens here at the Palace, many people think that we slowdown in the fall, but the opposite is true- we only have 4 weeks without big garden projects from now til January 2019.

Fall is a fantastic time for planting trees, shrubs and bulbs so we’re looking forward to this milder weather to start on many of those additional plantings. We’ve got some amazing new flowers in both bulbs and annuals coming soon, but you’ll still get the short burst of signature fall color from chrysanthemums this month and part of October. Keep an eye on the asters and salvias this time of the year for some really amazing pollinator plants with fall colors!

Pansies and violas wait to make their appearance in the fall and winter gardens

The first week in September we’re planting over 11,000 “baby plants” in the nursery yard for the gardens, plant sale and the NCHC store. These include violas, pansies, herbs and perennials. We’re also really excited since this is a 2000 plant increase to add more winter color to Stanly Garden, which has been slowly transforming into a mostly white garden. The gardens will be in transition over the next few weeks making room for new things. The summer annuals in Latham and Carraway, which are beginning to look tired, will be culled to make way for mums in time for Mumfest in October. The kitchen garden is being transitioned to cover crops and a few fall items. Many of the other gardens have perennials still holding their own as our annuals start to morph into their winter phases.

If you’ve been debating volunteering with us or learning more about gardens, this time of year is a GREAT season to come out and join us! The weather gets better every week and we’ve got lots of garden projects. We’re starting to switch out our gardens for mums and plant new bulbs. If you’d like to volunteer with us, please contact me at Hadley.cheris@ncdcr.gov or 252-639-3560!

Join us at our September Garden lecture and get a sneak peek on what's coming for Fall Plant Sale in October

Our upcoming free garden lecture September 15 at 10 am in Cullman Hall features Jennifer Knight, local landscaper and gardener, focusing on plants best adapted to face the weather challenges of Eastern North Carolina with a sneak peek of the plants available at the Tryon Palace Fall Plant Sale.

Our Fall Plant Sale is October 12 & 13 from 9-5, during Garden Lovers weekend, featuring free gardens admission October 12-14. We’ll have perennials, shrubs, trees and HONEY from our Tryon Palace bees! Come early to get your favorites!

Happy Gardening!

Hadley Cheris, Gardens and Greenhouse Manager, Tryon Palace


Zinnias come in a variety of colors, heights and flowers styles but they are all great long summer bloomers!
  • Annual Phlox (Phlox drummondii) mix
  • Basil, multiple varieties- lavender, white
  • Balsam (Impatiens balsamina) mix
  • Begonia Non- Stop ‘Mocca Mix’- warm colors
  • California Poppy (Escholzia californica) yellow
  • Coleus ‘Kong Jr Green Halo’, ‘Kong Jr Rose”
  • Celosia ‘Century Mix’, ‘Dragon’s Breath’
  • Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) orange, yellow
  • Cuphea ‘Sriacha Rose’
  • Dahlia ‘Figaro Mix’
  • Dianthus- Super Parfait Raspberry, Zing Rose
  • Dusty Miller ‘Silver Dust’
  • Euphorbia ‘Glitz’- white
  • Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana sp) various
  • Gazania ‘Enorma Mix’, ‘Pink Shades’, ‘Colorado’
  • Gerbera ‘Revolution Mix Select’
  • Globe Amaranth (Gomphrena globosa) purple, pink, white,orange
  • Love Lies Bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus)- burgundy
  • Marigolds- variety
  • Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia diversifolia) red and orange
  • Ornamental Millet ‘Jade Princess’
  • Pentas- ‘Lucky Star’ - Violet, White; Butterfly Mix; Graffiti Red Velvet
  • Salvia coccinea ‘Jewel Mix’
  • Salvia farinacea ‘Victoria White’, ‘Victoria Blue’, ‘Evolution Blue’
  • Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) various
  • Sunflowers (Helianthus sp.) various colors of yellow and red
  • Sweet William (Dianthus) Telstar Mix; red, white, pink
  • Vinca- Titan Summer Breeze Mix, Cora Mix
  • Zinnias- multiple varieties

Kitchen Garden:

Pears, apples, figs, sunflowers, garlic chives, onions, garlic, mints, cardinal basil, oregano, thyme, salad burnet, garden sage, basil, beans, popcorn, okra, eggplant, peppers, cotton!

Bulbs, Corms and Rhizomes:

Blackberry lilies get their name from the seed pod this lovely orchid- like flower produces
  • Asiatic Lilies (Lilium sp.) reds, yellows, orange
  • Blackberry Lily (Iris domestica) orangle speckled, with blackberry like seed pods
  • Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ red
  • Crinum Lily- pink, white
  • Fall Crocus (Colchicum sp.) Pink
  • Formosa lily (Lilium formosum) white
  • Ginger Lily (Hedychium coronarium) white
  • Gloriosa Lily (Gloriosa superba) yellow,red
  • New Bern Lily (Lycoris radiate) red sans foliage
  • Oriental Lily (Lilium oriental ‘Rubrum’)
  • Oxblood or Schoolhouse Lily (Rhodophiala bifida)- red
  • Pineapple Lily (Eucomis comosa ‘Sparkling Burgundy’) - burgundy
  • Rain Lily (Zephryanthes sp) pink, white, yellow
  • Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum or P. multiflorum) variegated foliage, white blooms
  • Toad Lily (Tricyrtis hirta) pink, purple

Flowering Vines

  • Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sumpervirens) native, red and yellow
  • Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata)
  • Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis terniflora) white
  • Trumpet Vine (Campsis grandiflora) orange


Confederate Rose is actually a hibiscus but produces an amazing ombre flower going from white to pink.
  • Asters (Aster frickarti & Symphyotrichum sp ) blue, pink
  • Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus)- blue, pink, white w/ purple
  • Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) red, pink, fuchsia
  • Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) yellow
  • Blanket Flower (Gaillardia puchella) red + yellow
  • Bog Sage (Salvia uliginosa) light blue
  • Bronze Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) yellow
  • Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) yellow,orange ** May have monarch caterpillars**
  • Cape Leadwort (Plumbago capensis) blue
  • Carolina Phlox (Phlox Carolina ‘Miss Lingard’) white
  • Catmint (Nepeta faassenii) blue
  • Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) blue
  • Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) various, seed heads left for birds
  • Confederate Rose (Hibiscus mutabilis) white to pink
  • Coral Bells (Heuchera sp.) variety of leaf colors, blooms white or pink
  • Dahlias- yellow, burgundy, mix
  • English Daisy (Bellis perennis) white, pink
  • Fleabane (Erigeron sp) white
  • False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides) yellow
  • Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum) white
  • Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ & ‘Sparkle White’) pink, white
  • Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata)- ‘David’- white; ‘Eva Cullum’ –pink
  • Giant Coneflower (Rudbeckia maxima) seed heads for birds
  • Golden rod (Solidago sp.) yellow
  • Green-headed Coneflower (Rudbeckia lacinata) yellow
  • Hosta sp. - white
  • Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracenis) purple
  • Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum) purple, white seed heads
  • Lantana sp. – yellow, orange, red, pink
  • Lion’s Ear (Leonotus leonurus) orange
  • Liriope sp. blue
  • Lithodrora diffusa- blue
  • Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera) yellow/brown
  • Mealycup Sage (Salvia farinacea) blue
  • Obedient Plant (Physotegia virginiana) white
  • Patrinia (Patrinia scabiosaefolia) yellow
  • Pink Mallow (Malva moschata) pink
  • Rose mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos) pink
  • Rue (Ruta graveolens) chartreuse
  • Salvia (Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’) red & white & (Salvia greggii) red
  • Salvia ‘Indigo Spires’ (Salvia farinacea X longispicata) indigo
  • Scented geraniums-small pink, lavender flowers
  • Sedum (Sedum X) yellow, pink
  • Shasta daisy (Chrysanthemum X superbum) white
  • Soapwort (Saponaria ocymoides) pink
  • Stokes’ Aster (Stokesia laevis) blue, yellow
  • Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) red, white, pink
  • Tatarian Aster (Aster tartaricus) blue
  • Texas Star or Rose Mallow (Hibiscus coccineus) red
  • Tickseed (Coreopsis lanceolata) yellow
  • Virginia Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana) blue
  • Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) purple
  • Wild Geranium (Geranium pratense) magenta
  • Yarrow (Achillea sp) yellow, red, white, pastels


  • Drift Roses (Rosa 'Meigalpio');
  • Knock out Roses (Rosa ‘RADrazz’)
  • Old Blush Rose (Rosa chinensis) pink
  • Heirloom Roses: :‘Safrano’ – yellow; ‘Marie Van Houtte’ – white; ‘The Fairy’- pink; ‘Heritage’ – pink;‘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 varieties

Trees and Shrubs

Oakleaf hydrangeas (center) hold their dried blooms beautifully throughout the fall
  • Glossy Abelia (Abelia grandiflora) pink, white
  • Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) white, pink, purple berries
  • Bush Clover (Lespedeza sp.) fuschia pink
  • Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) white
  • Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii) purple, white, lavender
  • Chinese Mahonia (Mahonia fortunei) yellow
  • Crape Myrtles (Lagerstroemia sp) pink, white, red, lavender
  • Encore Azaleas (Rhodendron Hybrid) red, fuchsia, white
  • Fringetree (Chinonanthus retusus) blue drupes
  • Fragrant Osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans) yellow
  • Oak-leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) white, dried blooms
  • Pomegranate (Punica granata) coral, orange blooms, fruit
  • Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia) leaves beginning to fall, look for Buckeyes
  • Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) white, lavender
  • Spanish bayonet (Yucca aloifolia) white
  • Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummuondii) red
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Hadley Cheris

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