May Blooms at Tryon Palace

It’s finally May- our start to summer gardening here at the Palace! The season has been heating up already but we can’t be too grouchy with the long lovely spring we’ve had. We had a wonderful April, thanks in a great deal to many of you coming to participate in our garden lovers weekend and plant sale! We’ve planted many of our gardens with new summer annuals which are already starting to bloom! We’re looking forward to colorful zinnias, pollinator- attracting pentas, bright plumes of celosia, and cheery gazanias! Our cover crops in the kitchen garden have begun turning under in preparation for squash, melons and MANY more amazing heirloom varieties! Our peppers, eggplants, and tomatoes are already growing voraciously and we are eagerly awaiting their bounty! The iris blooms are out in force and the buckeye flowers are absolutely gorgeous this year!

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. 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!

Come join us and learn about pollinator plants at our May 12 garden lecture!

Come join us this month for some of our Tryon Palace Garden events! Behind the Scenes Tours in the garden, where you can join one of our gardeners for a walk around the Palace blooms, are May 8, 15, and 22 beginning at 2pm at the Waystation. Our garden lecture, May 12 at 10am, will feature yours truly talking about pollinators and heirloom plants you can use to attract them to your gardens! We’ve got lots of new things coming up this summer so keep an eye out for our events! We can’t wait to see you out there!

Don’t forget- we’ve got lovely hanging baskets and annuals in the NCHC Museum Store! Also coming to the store this month- our own Tryon Palace grown vegetables and herbs! Check them out and get some of our fun heirloom vegetables for your own gardens!

We hope to see you soon! Happy Gardening,

Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager


California poppies are self- seeding annuals that provide a brilliant burst of orange
  • Annual Phlox (Phlox drummondii) mix
  • Basil, multiple varieties- lavender, white
  • Batchelor’s Buttons (Centaurea cyanus) blue
  • Begonia Non- Stop ‘Mocca Mix’- warm colors
  • California Poppy (Escholzia californica) yellow
  • Catchfly (Silene carolinianum) pink
  • Coleus ‘Kong Jr Green Halo’, ‘Kong Jr Rose”
  • Celosia ‘Century Mix’, ‘Dragon’s Breath’
  • Cuphea ‘Sriacha Rose’
  • Dahlia ‘Figaro Mix’
  • Dianthus- Super Parfait Raspberry, Zing Rose
  • Dusty Miller ‘Silver Dust’
  • Euphorbia ‘Glitz’
  • Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana sp) various
  • Gazania ‘Enorma Mix’, ‘Pink Shades’, ‘Colorado’
  • Gerbera ‘Revolution Mix Select’
  • Johnny-jump-up (Viola tricolor) purple and yellow
  • Ornamental Millet ‘Jade Princess’
  • Pentas- ‘Lucky Star’ - Violet, White; Butterfly Mix; Graffiti Red Velvet
  • Salvia farinacea ‘Victoria White’, ‘Victoria Blue’, ‘Evolution Blue’
  • Salvia coccinea ‘Jewel Mix’
  • Torenia ‘Kauai Rose’
  • Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) various
  • Sweet William (Dianthus) Telstar Mix; red, white, pink
  • Vinca- Titan Summer Breeze Mix, Cora Mix
  • Zinnias- multiple varieties

Bulbs, Corms and Rhizomes

Bearded Iris are showing off in force this spring!
  • Asiatic Lilies (Lilium sp.) reds, yellows, orange
  • Daylilies (Hemerocallis sp.) variety
  • Gladiolus specie byzantinus
  • Ground Orchid (Bletilla striata) purple or white
  • Iris:

-Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) variety

-Cemetery Iris (Iris schreekuppe) white

-Japanese Iris (Iris ensata) white

- Japanese roof iris (Iris tectorum) white, purple

-Louisiana Iris (Iris hexagona) purple, pink, black

- Siberian Iris (Iris siberica) purple

- Yellow Flag Iris (Iris pseudacorus) yellow

  • Poppy Anemone (Anemone coronaria De Caen) various
  • Ranunculus Tecelote- orange, yellow, red, white
  • Peony (Paeonia sp) variety - white, pink, fuchsia, fragrant
  • Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum or P. multiflorum) variegated foliage, white blooms
  • Windflower (Anemone coronaria) blue, magenta, white


The Latham garden features four varieties of absolutely gorgeous Baptisia from pale purple to bright yellow!
  • Amsonia (Amsonia tabernaemontana and A. hubrichtii) blue, lavender
  • Bath’s Pink (Dianthus gratianopolitanus) pink
  • Barrenwort (Epimedium grandiflorum) yellow
  • Baptisia ‘Carolina Moonlight’ (Baptisia sphae rocarpa x alba ‘Carolina Moonlight’) yellow
  • Baptisia australis
  • Bearsfoot Hellebore (Helleborus foetidus) yellowish
  • Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) blue
  • Carolina Lupine (Thermopsis villosa) yellow
  • Catchfly (Silene carolinianum) pink
  • Carnation (Dianthus sp.) various
  • Catmint (Nepeta faassenii) blue
  • 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
  • Creeping Veronica (Veronica umbrosa) blue
  • English Daisy (Bellis perennis) white, pink
  • Daisy, Ox-Eye (Leucanthemum vulgare); Shasta (Chrysanthemum X superbum) white
  • (Lithodrora diffusa) blue
  • Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ & ‘Sparkle White’) pink, white
  • Indigo, Blue Wild (Baptisia australis) blue & White Wild (Baptisia alba) white
  • Lantana ‘Dallas Red’, ‘Evita Orange’, ‘Evita Rose’
  • Lenten Rose (Helleborus X orientalis) pink, white
  • Lungwort (Pulmonaria saccharata) blue
  • Mazus (Mazus reptans ‘alba’) white
  • Mountain pinks (Phlox subulata) pink, lavender, white
  • Pinks (Dianthus chinensis) pink
  • Ragged Robin (Lychnis flos-cuculi) pink
  • Rue (Ruta graveolens) chartreuse
  • Salvia (Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’) red & white & (Salvia greggii) red, pink
  • 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
  • Valerian (Centranthus ruber) red
  • Virginia Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana) blue
  • Wallflowers (Cheiranthus allionii) orange
  • Wild Geranium (Geranium pratense) magenta
  • Vinca (Vinca minor) blue

Flowering Vines

  • Clematis (Clematis sp.) purple, white, lavendar
  • Confederate Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) white, fragrant
  • Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sumpervirens) native, red and yellow
  • Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata)
  • Vinca (Vinca minor) blue


  • 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

Pawpaw blooms are so unusual and look almost like dead leaves until you get close!
  • Anise Tree (Illicium floridanum) reddish
  • Banana Shrub (Michelia figo) fragrant, yellow
  • Blackhaw or Walter Viburnum (Viburum obovatum)
  • Carolina Silverbell (Halesia caroliniana) creamy white
  • Deutzia (Deutzia sp.) white
  • Dogwood (Cornus florida) white
  • Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus) white, native
  • Hollies (Ilex sp.) cream
  • Japanese Snowbell (Styrax japonicas) white
  • Kerria (Kerria japonica) single yellow & (Kerria japonica pleniflora) Double yellow
  • Lantaphyllum (Viburnum X rhytidophylloides ‘Alleghany’) white
  • Laurustinus (Viburnum tinus) pink to white: STINK
  • Leatherleaf Viburnum (Viburnum rhytophyllum) white
  • Mockorange (Philadelphus coronaries) white
  • Pawpaw (Asimina triloba)
  • Pomegranate (Punica granata) coral
  • Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia) red, yellow, native
  • Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia) small white
  • Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) white, fragrant
  • Weiglia (Weiglia florida) pink and white

Kitchen Garden:

Heirloom tomatoes getting ready to be planted!
  • Cover crops- crimson clover, mustard, rye, white clover, oats, vetch
  • Strawberries, onions, garlic, mints, oregano, thyme, salad burnet, yarrow, chamomile, basil, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, okra, peas, radishes, beets
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Hadley Cheris

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