June Blooms at Tryon Palace

OH IRONY- last year this time I was wishing for a “not-so rainy summer”. Despite Mother Nature getting a great laugh at that wish for the entire month of May, we were finally graced with rain this weekend. Despite the hot weather and constant hand watering required, our gardens are flourishing, and our summer annuals have really started to hit their stride. The kitchen garden is bountiful- 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! One of my favorite gardens right now is the Stanly Garden, featured as our main picture with a myriad of beautiful white blooms and SHADE!

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 Tour in the garden, where you can join one of our gardeners for a walk around the Palace blooms! The tour is June 4 beginning at 2pm at the Waystation.

Carpenter bees get a bad rep- learn how to coexist with this important pollinator at our June 8th lecture!

Our 2019 free garden lecture series continues, Saturday, June 8 with “Pretty is as Pretty Does”, a pollinator lecture presented by Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager, Hadley Cheris.The lovely world of insects that makes up the pollinator class is full of beautiful butterflies, majestic moths and buzzing bees, not to mention all our tinier pollinators (flies, ants, beetles, etc). However, due to the reproductive trait of living things- these organisms can also be a bit pesky at times. Learn how to mitigate these behaviors while protecting pollinators and yourself!

Join Tryon Palace in celebrating National Pollinator Week June 18-23, 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.

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. All tours begin at 10 a.m. at the Tryon Palace Waystation. Tours will be held Tuesday (6/18) through Friday (6/21).

"Pollinator Garden Tours" are free with purchase of One-Day, Galleries, or Gardens Pass.

FREE Lecture – "Intro to Apiculture: So you want to be a beekeeper..." Join Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Apiary Beekeeper, and DJ Moran, Educator Liaison Craven-Pamlico Beekeepers Assoc & NC State Beekeepers Assoc. Master Beekeeper Prog. Committee Member, as they discuss the importance of honey bees and what becoming a beekeeper entails. Join us at NC History Center’s Cullman Performance Hall, Saturday, June 22 at 10 a.m.

FREE Movie –“Disneynature – Wings of Life:” Join Tryon Palace as we view 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 at the NC History Center’s Cullman Performance Hall, Saturday, June 22, at 2 p.m.

Don't forget to check out the new summer exhibit open now 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. 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


Sunflowers are an awesome garden addition- new varieties offer different heights and colors!
  • 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

  • Asiatic Lilies (Lilium sp.) reds, yellows, orange, pinks
  • Crinum lily-pink,white
  • Crocosmia- red, orange
  • 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
  • Gladiolus specie byzantinus
  • Gloriosa Lily (Gloriosa superba) yellow, red
  • Ground Orchid (Bletilla striata) purple or white
  • Japanese Iris (Iris ensata) white
  • 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


Hostas (like this one at JC Raulston Arboretum) are a gorgeous foliage AND bloom addition to a shady garden edge.
  • Amsonia (Amsonia tabernaemontana and A. hubrichtii) blue, lavender
  • Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus) blue, pink, white
  • Barrenwort (Epimedium grandiflorum) yellow
  • 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
  • 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
  • Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ & ‘Sparkle White’) pink, white
  • Giant Coneflower (Rudbeckia maxima) yellow
  • Hosta sp.
  • Hyssop (Agastache sp.) blue, warm colors
  • Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracenis) purple
  • Lantana ‘Dallas Red’, ‘Evita Orange’, ‘Evita Rose’
  • (Lithodrora diffusa) blue
  • Lungwort (Pulmonaria saccharata) blue
  • Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera) yellow/brown
  • Rue (Ruta graveolens) chartreuse
  • Salvia (Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’) red & white & (Salvia greggii) red, pink
  • Scented geraniums-small pink, lavender flowers
  • Shasta daisy (Chrysanthemum X superbum) white
  • 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
  • Virginia Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana) blue
  • 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

Japanese Stewartia is a fantastic camellia- like summer bloomer! If you find one, BUY it because they're fairly uncommon in the plant industry!
  • 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
  • Japanese Stewartia (Stewartia psuedocamellia) white with yellow center
  • Lacecap Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla normalis) pink, blue
  • Laurustinus (Viburnum tinus) pink to white: STINK
  • Mockorange (Philadelphus coronaries) white
  • Oak-leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) white
  • Pineapple Guava (Feijoa sellowiana) white petals with red accents
  • 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
  • Variegated Hydrangea (Hydrangea X) white-pink
  • Weiglia (Weiglia florida) pink and white

Kitchen Garden:

  • Summer squash, tomatoes, celery, apples, peppers, eggplant, sunflowers, melons, stevia, figs, blueberries, onions, basil, mints, oregano, thyme, salad burnet, garden sage, ‘Munstead’ lavender, Swiss chard
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