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August Blooms at Tryon Palace

Happy August! While we’ve had an obscenely dry July, we’ve been gifted with a few mornings that almost felt like fall! As we go into this month, our perennials are by far the stars of the show- late summer is really when they shine above the rest of the garden. Many of our fall bulbs have started blooming in the last week, including the Formosa and Surprise lilies. The kitchen garden is continuing to produce a bounty of lovely heirlooms, despite the heat and dry. I hope a few of you have heeded my advice on planting more peppers and eggplants than tomatoes since those are REALLY shining in the garden this year! I’ve picked 50 eggplants off of my plants at home with many more to come!

If you haven’t been to the gardens in the last couple of weeks, I’d highly encourage you to stop by for a morning (or a full day)! The blooms really hit their stride as we get this hot weather and we’ve added some amazing new plants across all our gardens. This is also the last month you’ll get to see most of our summer annuals since the time for mums is soon approaching! Make sure to check out the Angelonia, pentas and coleus throughout our gardens. You’ll typically find them with some pollinator companions nearby!

Our August garden lecture series, Saturday, August 10, features Charlotte Glen, the statewide coordinator for the NC State Extension Master Gardener Program, discussing “Perennials for Pollinators” - perennials that thrive in eastern North Carolina’s challenging climate, with a focus on varieties that support birds, bees, butterflies and other pollinators. In addition to recommended varieties, the presentation will also discuss how to select the right plants for growing conditions in your yard, designing plantings for maximum benefit to pollinators, and share tips for establishing and caring for perennials so they will thrive for years to come. An eastern North Carolina native, Charlotte has studied horticulture and gardened in the North Carolina coastal plain and piedmont, Scotland and New Zealand. She is an avid gardener with a keen interest in native plants, sustainable landscaping, and garden ecology.

Don't forget to check out the summer exhibit open til early August about pollinators and plants! "Buzzing Bees, Blooms, and Garden Friends" is a photography exhibit, by photographer and beekeeper Deana B Marion. It's full of lovely macro images of bees as they forage so don't miss out!

We’ve got plenty of work to do in the gardens and we always love more help. Our volunteers are the absolute reason that we are able to accomplish as much as we do. We especially need help mowing, watering and mulching in the gardens. We’ve got plenty of work to do in the gardens and we always love more help. We’ll also have several upcoming greenhouse workdays and garden switchover days! If you’d like to come and work in the garden with us, please contact me at Hadley.cheris@ncdcr.gov or 252-639-3560!

We hope to see you soon! Happy Gardening,

Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager

Annuals

Zinnias come in a wide variety of heights and blooms types while all providing striking annual color
  • Angelonia ‘Serena Waterfall Mix’, ‘Serena Mix’
  • Annual Phlox (Phlox drummondii) mix
  • Balsam (Impatiens balsamina) mix
  • Basil, multiple varieties- lavender, white, dark purple
  • Batchelor’s Buttons (Centaurea cyanus) blue
  • Begonia ‘Encore Mix’
  • California Poppy (Escholzia californica) yellow
  • Catchfly (Silene carolinianum) pink
  • Coleus ‘Kong Mix Empire’, ‘Chocolate Covered Cherry’
  • Celosia ‘Century Mix’, ‘Kimono Mix, ‘Fresh Look Mix’
  • Cuphea ‘Sriacha Rose’; FloriGlory Diana; Dynamite
  • 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’
  • Gerbera ‘Revolution Mix Select’
  • Johnny-jump-up (Viola tricolor) purple and yellow
  • Marigolds- Hot Pak, Fireball, SuperHero Harmony
  • Pentas- Butterfly Mix; Graffiti Lipstick
  • Salvia farinacea ‘Victoria White’, ‘Victoria Blue’, ‘Evolution Blue’
  • Salvia coccinea ‘Jewel Mix’
  • Torenia ‘Kauai Rose’
  • Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) various
  • Sunflowers (Helianthus sp.) various colors of yellow and red
  • Sweet William (Dianthus) Telstar Mix; red, white, pink
  • Swiss Chard ‘Bright Lights’
  • Vinca- Titan Summer Breeze Mix, Cora White
  • Zinnias- multiple varieties

Bulbs, Corms and Rhizomes

Surprise lilies or "Naked Ladies" earn their names by appearing without their foliage (which comes up in spring)
  • Asiatic Lilies (Lilium sp.) reds, yellows, orange, pinks
  • Blackberry Lily (Iris domestica) orange speckled, with blackberry like seed pods
  • Crinum lily-pink,white
  • Crocosmia- red, orange
  • Dahlias- yellow, burgundy, mix
  • 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
  • Formosa lily (Lilium formosum) white
  • Ginger Lily (Hedychium coronarium) white, yellow, orange
  • Gladiolus
  • Gloriosa Lily (Gloriosa superba) yellow, red
  • Naked Ladies or Surprise Lily (Lycoris squamigeria ) pink sans foliage
  • New Bern Lily (Lycoris radiate) red sans foliage
  • Oriental Lily (Lilium oriental ‘Rubrum’)
  • Pineapple Lily (Eucomis comosa ‘Sparkling Burgundy’) - burgundy
  • Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum or P. multiflorum) variegated foliage, white blooms
  • Tiger Lily (Lilium sp.) orange & black
  • Toad Lily (Tricyrtis hirta) pink, purple

Perennials

Perennial borders- like this one shown at JC Raulston Arboretum- provide color and texture all summer long!
  • Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus) blue, pink, white
  • Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) red
  • Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) yellow
  • Blanket Flower (Gaillardia puchella) red + yellow
  • Bronze Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) yellow
  • Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) blue
  • Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) yellow,orange
  • Cape Leadwort (Plumbago capensis) blue
  • Carolina Phlox (Phlox Carolina ‘Miss Lingard’) white
  • Catmint (Nepeta faassenii) blue
  • Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) blue
  • Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) various
  • Coral Bells (Heuchera sp.) variety of leaf colors, blooms white or pink
  • English Daisy (Bellis perennis) white, pink
  • False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides) yellow
  • Fleabane (Erigeron sp) white
  • Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata)- ‘David’- white; ‘Eva Cullum’ –pink
  • Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ & ‘Sparkle White’) pink, white
  • Gayfeathers (Liatris spicata) purple
  • Giant Coneflower (Rudbeckia maxima) yellow
  • Green-headed Coneflower (Rudbeckia lacinata) yellow
  • Hosta sp. – white or lavendar
  • Hyssop (Agastache sp.) blue, warm colors
  • Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracenis) purple
  • Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum) purple, white seed heads
  • Lantana ‘Dallas Red’, ‘Evita Orange’, ‘Evita Rose’
  • (Lithodrora diffusa) blue
  • Lungwort (Pulmonaria saccharata) blue
  • Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera) yellow/brown
  • Obedient Plant (Physotegia virginiana) white
  • Pink Mallow (Malva moschata) pink
  • Rose Campion (Lychnis coronaria) pink or white
  • Rose mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos) pink
  • Rue (Ruta graveolens) chartreuse
  • Salvia (Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’) red & white & (Salvia greggii) red, pink
  • Scented geraniums-small pink, lavender flowers
  • Soapwort (Saponaria ocymoides) pink
  • Spotted Dead Nettle (Lanium macultum) variegated foliage
  • Stokes’ Aster (Stokesia laevis) blue
  • Sweet Box (Sarcocca confusa) – white fragrant
  • Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) red, white, pink
  • Texas Star Mallow (Hibiscus coccineus) red
  • Tickseed (Coreopsis lanceolata) yellow
  • Valerian (Centranthus ruber) red
  • Vervain (Verbena bonariensis) purple
  • Viper’s Bugloss (Echium vulgare) blue & Viper’s Bugloss (Echium tuberculatum) pink
  • Virginia Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana) blue
  • Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) purple
  • Wild Geranium (Geranium pratense) magenta
  • Yarrow (Achillea fillipendula ‘Gold Dust’) yellow, white, pastels

Flowering Vines

  • Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sumpervirens) native, red and yellow
  • Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata)
  • Vinca (Vinca minor) blue

Roses

  • Knock out Roses (Rosa ‘RADrazz’)
  • 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

Oakleaf hydrangeas are tough and able to handle a myriad of summer conditions- there are also quite a few new varieties with different sizes, double blooms and multiple colors!
  • Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) pink
  • Bush Clover (Lespedeza sp.) fuschia pink
  • Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii) purple, pink, white
  • Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus) blue, pink
  • Crape Myrtles (Lagerstroemia sp) pink, white
  • Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides) white, fragrant
  • Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) blue, pink
  • Lacecap Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla normalis) pink, blue
  • Oak-leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) white
  • Pomegranate (Punica granata) coral
  • Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) white with red, pink
  • 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:

  • Summer squash, patty pan squash, tomatoes, celery, apples, peppers, eggplant, popcorn, okra, watermelons, sunflowers, melons, stevia, figs, blueberries, onions, basil, mints, oregano, thyme, salad burnet, garden sage, ‘Munstead’ lavender
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