August Blooms at Tryon Palace

Happy August! While we’ve had an obscenely hot July, we’ve been gifted with a few mornings and evenings that almost felt like fall AND had rain! They offer a nice respite in these hot doldrums of summer- especially when it can feel so busy. 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. 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)!

Pardon the blur but this view from my home garden frequently earns a morning pause and cup of coffee- hummingbird on left with coral honeysuckle and pair of mourning doves on right in the peanut patch!

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 one of the last months you’ll get to see most of our summer annuals since the time for mums and violas is soon approaching. You’ll typically find our blooms buzzing with some pollinator companions nearby! The kitchen garden is continuing to produce a bounty of lovely heirlooms, despite the heat. It’s also a good time to get a second crop of summer veggies planted and start planning what your fall garden will look like! The Wilderness offers lots of unique plants and a perfect breeze and shade on those hot summer days!

If you’re interested in a long term “behind the scenes” venture, we are looking for volunteers for pruning, planting, raking, mulching, watering, weeding. It’s a great way to learn some gardening tips and tricks, especially for our area If you’re interested in volunteering with us, please contact me at hadley.cheris@ncdcr.gov.

We hope to see you soon! Happy Gardening,

Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager


Stay tuned this summer as these annuals grow big and beautiful- Pennisetum 'Fireworks' and Pentas 'Butterfly Mix'- 3 months after planting!
  • Angelonia ‘Serena Mix’, ‘Serena White’
  • Annual Phlox (Phlox drummondii) mix
  • Banana ‘Musa’
  • Basil, multiple varieties- lavender, white, dark purple
  • Cardinal Basil- massive purple flower heads
  • Batchelor’s Buttons (Centaurea cyanus) blue
  • Begonias Tophat White with Green Leaf’
  • California Poppy (Escholzia californica) yellow, white, orange
  • Celosia ‘Century Mix’, ‘Sol Gekko Green’
  • Cleome ‘Clio Magenta’
  • Coleus ‘Kong Mix Empire’, ‘Chocolate Covered Cherry’, ‘Stained Glassworks’
  • Cuphea ‘Sriacha Rose’; FloriGlory Diana; Dynamite, ‘Pink Shimmer’
  • 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’, ‘Enorma Mix’
  • Gerbera ‘Revolution Mix Select’, ‘Floriline Maxi Mix’
  • Geranium ‘Americana White’
  • Gomphrena ‘Buddy Purple’, ‘Las Vegas Mix’
  • Hibiscus ‘Mahogany Splendor’
  • Johnny-jump-up (Viola tricolor) purple and yellow
  • Marigolds- yellows, reds, oranges
  • Pennisetum Fireworks- purple blades
  • Pentas- Butterfly Mix, Glitterati Purple Sta,
  • Portulaca ‘Happy Hour Mix’
  • Salvia farinacea ‘Victoria White’, ‘Victoria Blue’, ‘Evolution Violet Blue’, ‘Sallyfun Deep Ocean’
  • Torenia ‘Kauai Rose’
  • Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) various
  • Sunflowers (Helianthus sp.) various colors of yellow and red
  • Sweet Potato Vine (Ipomea) 'Flora Mia Cameo', 'Flora Mia Verdino'
  • Sweet William (Dianthus) Telstar Mix; red, white, pink
  • Vinca- ‘Cora XDR Mix’, ‘Cora XDR White’, ‘Pacifica White’
  • Zinnias- multiple varieties


Mixing perennials makes for long blooming and textural success! (Milkweed, Phlox, Joe Pye Weed) Check July's blog to see their progress in just a month!
  • Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus) blue, pink, white
  • Balloon Milkweed (Asclepias physocarpus)
  • Bachelor’s Button (Centaurea montana)
  • Barrenwort (Epimedium grandiflorum) yellow
  • Bath’s Pink (Dianthus gratianopolitanus) pink
  • Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) red
  • Spotted Bee Balm (Monarda punctata)
  • Betony “Hummelo” purple
  • Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) yellow
  • Blanket Flower (Gaillardia puchella) red + yellow
  • Bleeding Heart (Dicentra eximia) pink/white
  • Bluebeard (Caryopteris x clandonensis Gold Crest) Gold foliage, blue blooms
  • Bronze Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) yellow
  • Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) blue
  • Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) yellow,orange ***May have Monarch Caterpillars***
  • Callirhoe/ Purple Poppy Mallow
  • Cape Leadwort (Plumbago capensis) blue
  • Carnation (Dianthus sp.) various
  • Carolina Phlox (Phlox Carolina ‘Miss Lingard’) white
  • Catmint (Nepeta faassenii) blue, pink
  • 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
  • Cup Plant (Silphium) yellow
  • Dusty Miller- gray foliage, yellow flowers
  • English Daisy (Bellis perennis) white, pink
  • Daisy, Ox-Eye (Leucanthemum vulgare); Shasta (Chrysanthemum X superbum) white
  • Fleabane (Erigeron sp) white
  • Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata)- ‘David’- white; ‘Eva Cullum’ –pink
  • Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ & ‘Sparkle White’) pink, white
  • Giant Coneflower (Rudbeckia maxima) yellow
  • Green-headed Coneflower (Rudbeckia lacinata) yellow
  • Hosta sp. White, lavendar bloom spikes
  • Hyssop (Agastache sp.) blue, warm colors
  • Indigofera kirilowii purple
  • Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracenis) purple, white
  • Lantana ‘Dallas Red’, ‘Evita Orange’, ‘Evita Rose’
  • Lisianthus 'Voyage Pink' pink
  • Lisianthus 'Voyage Champagne' pale yellow
  • Lungwort (Pulmonaria saccharata) blue
  • Lithodrora diffusa blue
  • Lungwort (Pulmonaria saccharata) blue
  • Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera) yellow/brown
  • Hairy Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum pilosum)
  • Narrow Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum tenuifolium)
  • Rose Campion (Lychnis coronaria) pink or white
  • 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 William (Dianthus barbatus) red, white, pink
  • Valerian (Centranthus ruber) red
  • Vervain (Verbena bonariensis) purple
  • Virginia Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana) blue, purple, pink
  • Vinca (Vinca minor) blue
  • Viper’s Bugloss (Echium vulgare) blue & Viper’s Bugloss (Echium tuberculatum) pink
  • Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) purple
  • Wild Geranium (Geranium pratense) magenta
  • Yarrow (Achillea sp.) yellow, white, pastels

Bulbs, Corms and Rhizomes

Pineapple Lily has a great blade style foliage and small blooms that make up a pineapple shape!
  • Asiatic Lilies (Lilium sp.) reds, yellows, orange, pink
  • Blackberry Lily (Iris domestica) orange speckled, with blackberry like seed pods
  • Crinum lily-pink, white
  • Crocosmia red, orange, yellow
  • 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
  • Elephant Ear (Colocasia) ‘Black Coral’, ‘Hawaiian Punch’
  • Formosa lily (Lilium formosum) white
  • Ginger Lily (Hedychium coronarium) white, yellow, orange
  • Gladiolus variety
  • Gloriosa Lily (Gloriosa superba) yellow, red
  • Iris:

• Bearded Iris “Immortality” white, reblooming

• Variegated Japanese Iris (Iris ensata) variegated green and white foliage, purple bloom

• Siberian Iris (Iris siberica) purple

  • Naked Ladies or Surprise Lily (Lycoris squamigeria ) pink sans foliage
  • Oriental Lily (Lilium oriental ‘Rubrum’)
  • Pineapple Lily (Eucomis comosa ‘Sparkling Burgundy’) - burgundy
  • Pink Rain Lily (Habranthus robustus) pink
  • Rain Lily (Zephyranthes sp.) pink, white
  • Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum or P. multiflorum) variegated foliage, white blooms
  • Tiger Lily (Lilium sp.) orange & black
  • Toad Lily (Tricyrtis hirta) pink, purple


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


  • Drift Roses (Rosa 'Meigalpio') Red
  • Knock out Roses (Rosa 'Knock Out') pink, red, white, yellow
  • 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

Southern magnolias are showoffs- you can find these monster blooms in the front gardens of the Commission House or in the Wilderness Garden!
  • Anise Tree (Illicium parviflorum) white
  • Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) pink
  • Bush Clover (Lespedeza sp.) fuschia pink
  • Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii) purple, pink, white
  • Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus) blue, pink
  • Common Myrtle (Myrtus communis) white
  • Crape Myrtles (Lagerstroemia sp) pink, white
  • Elderberry (Sambucus sp.) white
  • Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides) white, fragrant
  • Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) blue, pink
  • Lacecap Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla normalis) pink, blue
  • Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) white, white to pink to red
  • Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) setting fruit
  • Pomegranate (Punica granata) coral- orange
  • Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia) small white
  • Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) white with red, pink, purple
  • 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:

  • Carrots, parsley, Swiss chard, artichoke, cardoon, potatoes, strawberries, leeks, onions, mints, oregano, thyme, salad burnet, yarrow, chamomile, basil, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, okra, peas, heliotrope, beans, garlic, squash, muskmelons, watermelons, roselle, cotton, popcorn, figs
Created By
Hadley Cheris