June Blooms at Tryon Palace

We haven’t hit the official first day of summer yet but it’s certainly in the air! New Bern is starting to bustle with tourists and we’re looking forward to a busy and fingers crossed not so rainy summer. Our gardens are flourishing and our summer annuals have really started to hit their stride- the bright celosia plumes in front of the Disosway house are leading the charge and the brilliant whites, pinks and reds of the salvias in the Latham are drawing in pollinators. The tomatoes and potatoes are stretching their way up, the blueberries are fruiting and the coneflower is flushing out in brilliant purple and warm colored blooms!

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 flower arranging at our June 9 garden lecture!

Come join us this month for some of our Tryon Palace Garden events! Our garden lecture, June 9 at 10am, will feature Angela Marchesi, NGC Nationally Accredited Flower Show Judge and Trent Woods Garden club member, presenting "Not Your Mother's Flower Arranging", a lecture on floral design. Behind the Scenes Tours in the garden, where you can join one of our gardeners for a walk around the Palace blooms, are June 12 beginning at 2pm at the Waystation.

The CROWN JEWEL of our garden events this summer: Join Tryon Palace in celebrating National Pollinator Week June 18-24, focusing on bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and MORE. Throughout the week, learn about how to help pollinators with posters and take-home items, and meet the bees in our observation hive at the NC History Center. ALL EVENTS ARE FREE! This event is sponsored by the Duke Energy Foundation.

Come learn about these and many more pollinators during National Pollinator Week
  • Pollinator Garden Tours: Tour the Palace gardens and find out our favorite pollinator plants. Pollinator tours are led by Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager and local beekeeper. During the tours, Cheris will discuss her favorite pollinator plants and the pollinators those plants attract. The tour will also show how Tryon Palace has begun creating its very own pollinator prairie, and the benefits we receive from our honey bee hives. All tours begin at 10 a.m. at the Tryon Palace Waystation at the corner of George and Pollock streets. Tours will be held Monday (6/18), Wednesday (6/20), and Friday (6/22).
  • Lecture – “Monarch Butterflies” with River Bend Community Organic Garden members: Learn about the role monarch butterflies play in pollination. Discover how to create your own monarch garden and how to know you’re brining butterflies! Join Tryon Palace and the River Bend Community Organic Garden at the North Carolina History Center’s Cullman Performance Hall, Saturday, June 23 at 10 a.m.
  • Movie – “Disneynature – Wings of Life": Join Tryon Palace for a free screening of the Disneynature studio’s film exploring butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats, and moths that pollinate a third of the world’s food supply. This film will be free to the public in the North Carolina History Center’s Cullman Performance Hall, Saturday, June 23, at 2 p.m.

We hope to see you soon! Happy Gardening,

Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager


Cardinal basil holds a special place in the garden for us- just look at these all star monster blooms!
  • Annual Phlox (Phlox drummondii) mix
  • Balsam (Impatiens balsamina) 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
  • Love Lies Bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus)- burgundy
  • Marigolds- variety
  • 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

Asiatic lilies come in a myriad of colors and bring a great pop of hip- high color to the garden!
  • Asiatic Lilies (Lilium sp.) reds, yellows, orange
  • Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ red
  • Daylilies (Hemerocallis sp:): ‘Happy Returns’ yellow; ‘Stella d’Oro’ yellow-orange; ‘Pardon Me’ wine w/yellow throat; ‘Prairie Blue Eyes’ lavender
  • Gladiolus specie byzantinus
  • Gloriosa Lily (Gloriosa superba) yellow, red
  • Ground Orchid (Bletilla striata) purple or white
  • Japanese Iris (Iris ensata) white, purple
  • Louisiana Iris (Iris hexagona) purple, pink, black
  • Oriental Lily (Lilium oriental ‘Rubrum’)
  • Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum or P. multiflorum) variegated foliage, white blooms
  • Tiger Lily (Lilium sp.) orange & black


Butterfly weed isn't a weed after all- it's a lovely plant that monarch butterflies require to have caterpillars!
  • Amsonia (Amsonia tabernaemontana and A. hubrichtii) blue, lavender
  • Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus) blue, pink, white
  • Bath’s Pink (Dianthus gratianopolitanus) pink
  • Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) red
  • Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) yellow
  • Blanket Flower (Gaillardia puchella) red + yellow
  • Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) blue
  • Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) yellow,orange
  • Catmint (Nepeta faassenii) blue
  • 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
  • Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ & ‘Sparkle White’) pink, white
  • Giant Coneflower (Rudbeckia maxima) yellow
  • Hosta sp.
  • Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracenis) purple
  • Lantana ‘Dallas Red’, ‘Evita Orange’, ‘Evita Rose’
  • Lithodrora diffusa blue
  • Lungwort (Pulmonaria saccharata) blue
  • 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
  • Tickseed (Coreopsis lanceolata) yellow
  • Valerian (Centranthus ruber) red
  • Vinca (Vinca minor) blue
  • Virginia Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana) blue
  • Wallflowers (Cheiranthus allionii) orange
  • Wild Geranium (Geranium pratense) magenta

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


Roses add a long lasting burst of color to any garden- look for varieties adapted to Southern climates
  • Drift Roses (Rosa 'Meigalpio')
  • 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

The bright orange blooms make pomegranates worth a place in both edible and ornamental gardens!
  • Anise Tree (Illicium floridanum) reddish
  • Banana Shrub (Michelia figo) fragrant, yellow
  • 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
  • Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina domestica) white
  • Hollies (Ilex sp.) cream
  • Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) blue, pink
  • Lacecap Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla normalis) pink, blue
  • Laurustinus (Viburnum tinus) pink to white: STINK
  • Oak-leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) white
  • Pineapple Guava (Feijoa sellowiana) white petals with red accents
  • Pomegranate (Punica granata) coral- orange
  • Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) white with red, pink
  • Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) white, fragrant
  • Spanish Bayonet (Yucca aloifolia) white
  • Variegated Hydrangea (Hydrangea X) white-pink
  • Weiglia (Weiglia florida) pink and white

Kitchen Garden:

Heirloom produce from the garden
  • Cover crops- crimson clover, mustard, rye, white clover, oats, vetch
  • Summer squash, tomatoes, celery, apples, peppers, eggplant, sunflowers, melons, stevia, figs, blueberries, onions, basil, mints, oregano, thyme, salad burnet, garden sage, ‘Munstead’ lavender
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