May Blooms at Tryon Palace

It’s finally May- WHEW we survived April! We had a busy but wonderful April, thanks a great deal to many of you coming to participate in our garden lovers weekend and plant sale, as well as those of you who came and visited the reopened Kellenberger Garden!

We’ve planted many of our gardens with new summer annuals which are already starting to bloom! We’re looking forward to changing our garden scenery for gorgeous gazanias, colorful celosia, pollinator- attracting pentas, and a new coleus appropriately named “Chocolate Covered Cherry”! Our cover crops in the kitchen garden have begun turning under in preparation for squash, melons and MANY more amazing heirloom varieties! The irises and baptisia are putting on a show and new things seem to bloom daily!

Bryce Lane will speak at the May 11 lecture - don't miss it!

Our 2019 garden lecture series continues, Saturday, May 11 with a lecture from Bryce Lane, three-time Emmy Award winning television personality, on “Best British Gardens: Ideas from Across the Pond”. Great Britain is a treasure trove for some of the best gardens in the world. From cottage gardens to renowned botanical gardens, come see how the English use color, form, and texture, to create wonderful garden spaces. It’s a free vacation with an amazing speaker!

If you're interested in an indoor garden related venture- we have a new summer exhibit opening May 7th 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!

If you haven’t made it to see our gardens yet this spring, we’ve got some great upcoming opportunities! This month, we’ll have our Behind the Scenes Tours in the garden, where you can join one of our gardeners for a walk around the Palace blooms! The tours are May 14 & 21, beginning at 2pm at the Waystation.

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!

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
  • Angelonia ‘Serena Waterfall Mix’, ‘Serena Mix’
  • Annual Phlox (Phlox drummondii) 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’
  • Torenia ‘Kauai Rose’
  • Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) various
  • 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

Bearded Iris are showing off in force this spring- this new beauty is in the Kellenberger Garden!
  • 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

Pomegranates provide both food and beauty with bright orange blooms!
  • 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:

  • Cabbage, parsley, Swiss chard, spinach, strawberries, leeks, onions, mints, oregano, thyme, salad burnet, yarrow, chamomile, basil, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, okra, peas, heliotrope
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Hadley Cheris

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