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August Blooms at Tryon Palace

Happy August! While we’ve had an obscenely hot and dry July, we’ve been gifted with a few mornings that almost felt like fall AND had rain! 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. Many of our fall bulbs have started blooming in the last week, including the Formosa lilies, who are absolutely showing off. The kitchen garden is continuing to produce a bounty of lovely heirlooms, despite the heat and dry. It’s been an oddly good year for tomatoes from the many home gardener reports I’ve gotten! 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!

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)! 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! Make sure to check out the begonias, pentas and coleus throughout our gardens. You’ll typically find them with some pollinator companions nearby! The Wilderness offers lots of unique plants and a perfect breeze and shade on those hot summer days! Don’t forget to visit the Stanly Garden and see what white blooms are showing off today!

If you’re itching to learn more and wanting future plans, we are always looking for volunteers for planting, raking, mowing, mulching, weeding. You can sign up now to join us in the future!It’s a great way to learn some gardening tips and tricks, especially for our area! If you’re interested in volunteering with us in the future (once we reopen to the public!), please contact me at (252) 639-3560 or hadley.cheris@ncdcr.gov.

We hope to see you soon! Happy Gardening,

Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager

Annuals

Coleus are a wonderful diversely colored group of annuals perfect for part shade to full shade spots in the garden (seen here as part of our display in the Carraway Garden)
  • Annual Phlox (Phlox drummondii) mix
  • Balsam (Impatiens balsamina) mix
  • Basil, multiple varieties- lavender, white, dark purple
  • Cardinal Basil- massive purple flower heads
  • Batchelor’s Buttons (Centaurea cyanus) blue
  • Begonias: ‘Baby Wing Mix’; ‘AmeriHybrid Roseform’ Yellow and Pink; ‘Tophat White with Green Leaf’; ‘Big Rose with Green Leaf’
  • California Poppy (Escholzia californica) yellow
  • Calocephalus “Bed Head”
  • Celosia ‘Century Mix’
  • Coleus ‘Kong Mix Empire’, ‘Chocolate Covered Cherry’, ‘Pineapple Surprise’, ‘Wizard Coral Sunrise’
  • 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’
  • Gomphrena ‘Buddy Purple’
  • Johnny-jump-up (Viola tricolor) purple and yellow
  • Love Lies Bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus)- burgundy
  • Marigolds- Hot Pak Orange, Durango Mix
  • Pentas- Butterfly Red, Butterfly White, Butterfly Deep Rose; Graffiti Lipstick
  • Salvia farinacea ‘Victoria White’, ‘Victoria Blue’, ‘Evolution Violet Blue’
  • Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) various
  • Sunflowers (Helianthus sp.) various colors of yellow and red
  • Sweet William (Dianthus) Telstar Mix; red, white, pink
  • Torenia ‘Kauai Rose’
  • Zinnias- ‘Profusion Orange’, ‘Profusion Cherry Bicolor’; multiple varieties

Perennials

Mountain Mint (in all forms) is a great pollinator plant and one of our best native filler plants!
  • Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus) blue, pink, white
  • Balloon Milkweed (Asclepias physocarpus) white
  • Bachelor’s Button (Centaurea montana) blue
  • Barrenwort (Epimedium grandiflorum) yellow
  • Bath’s Pink (Dianthus gratianopolitanus) pink
  • Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) red
  • Spotted Bee Balm (Monarda punctata) purple
  • Betony “Hummelo” purple
  • Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) yellow
  • Blanket Flower (Gaillardia puchella) red + yellow
  • Bleeding Heart (Dicentra eximia) pink and white
  • Bronze Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) yellow
  • Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) blue
  • Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) yellow,orange ***May have Monarch Caterpillars***
  • Callirhoe/ Purple Poppy Mallow- purple
  • Cape Leadwort (Plumbago capensis) blue
  • Carnation (Dianthus sp.) various
  • Carolina Phlox (Phlox Carolina ‘Miss Lingard’) white
  • 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
  • Daisy, Ox-Eye (Leucanthemum vulgare); Shasta (Chrysanthemum X superbum) white
  • English Daisy (Bellis perennis) white, pink
  • False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides) yellow
  • 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, purple
  • Hyssop (Agastache sp.) blue, warm colors
  • Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracenis) purple
  • Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum) purple, white seed heads
  • Lantana ‘Dallas Red’, ‘Evita Orange’, ‘Evita Rose’
  • Lisianthus 'Voyage Pink' pink
  • Lisianthus 'Voyage Champagne' pale yellow
  • (Lithodrora diffusa) blue
  • Lungwort (Pulmonaria saccharata) blue
  • Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera) yellow/brown
  • Hairy Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum pilosum) white/ gray
  • Narrow Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum tenuifolium) white/ gray
  • Obedient Plant (Physotegia virginiana) white
  • Pink Mallow (Malva moschata) pink
  • Rose Campion (Lychnis coronaria) pink or white
  • Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos) pink
  • Rue (Ruta graveolens) chartreuse
  • Salvia ‘Indigo Spires’ (Salvia farinacea X longispicata) indigo
  • 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
  • Texas Star or Rose Mallow (Hibiscus coccineus) red
  • Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) red, yellow, orange
  • Valerian (Centranthus ruber) red
  • Vervain (Verbena bonariensis) purple
  • Virginia Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana) blue, purple, pink
  • 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, Rhizomes

This year, Formosa Lilies reign surpreme, towering above the gardens!
  • Asiatic Lilies (Lilium sp.) reds, yellows, orange, pink
  • Blackberry Lily (Iris domestica) orange speckled, with blackberry like seed pods
  • Crinum lily-pink, white
  • Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ red
  • 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
  • Gloriosa Lily (Gloriosa superba) yellow, red
  • Iris:

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 & blackOriental Lily (Lilium oriental ‘Rubrum’)
  • Toad Lily (Tricyrtis hirta) pink, purple

Flowering Vines

  • Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sumpervirens) native, red and yellow
  • Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata) orange
  • Trumpet Vine (Campsis grandiflora) orange
  • Vinca (Vinca minor) blue

Roses

  • 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

Turks or Bishops Cap shines in the summer with tons of red blooms that attract hummingbirds and sulphur butterflies!
  • Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) pink
  • Bush Clover (Lespedeza sp.) fuschia pink
  • Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii) purple, pink, white
  • Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus) blue, pink
  • 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
  • Oak-leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) white, white to pink to red
  • 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:

Did you know: Artichokes are actually flower buds that we eat before they mature- broccoli and cauliflower also fall in this category!
  • Carrots, parsley, Swiss chard, artichoke, cardoon, 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
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Hadley Cheris
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