January Blooms at Tryon Palace

Happy New Year! 2019 flew by but here we are in a brand new decade! We’re feverishly anticipating new annuals, perennials and vegetables growing in our nursery yard and getting ready for a busy 2020. If you haven’t come by lately, keep an eye out for events and behind the scenes tours so you can see what you’ve been missing! Even a few of our flowers are overly excited and blooming early to greet you!

We’ve been busily taking down all of our holiday decorations and boxing them up for this year- Wait what?! Wildly enough, Candlelight decorations start being created in less than 5 months from now! We’re loving our current weather as we work on clearing our gardens from spent perennials and fallen leaves- a drastic change from previous years! Our gardens are budding with excitement at this weather which makes us hold our breath a little since we're still probably due a frost or two. Our flowering apricots have just begun their beautiful pink blooms and the fragrant wintersweet is living up to its name in the Jones and Commission House gardens.

Get ready to garden this year with a design/ travel talk at our January 11 garden lecture!

If you're already in the mood to start something for your new year's calendar, our 2020 garden lecture series kicks off, Saturday, January 11, with Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager Hadley Cheris presenting “Midwinter Musings from Summer Sightseeing: Design Visions from North Carolina and Mid-Atlantic Gardens.” This lecture enables your wanderlust while focusing on garden and plant design inspiration from Duke Gardens, JC Raulston Arboretum, Longwood Gardens, Morris Arboretum, US Botanic Garden and more. Learn how you can cultivate a new view in your own backyard, with plenty of time for spring plantings. The 2020 garden lecture series is sponsored by Mitchell Hardware in New Bern, NC!

If you’re looking for a New Year’s Resolution, consider joining us as a garden volunteer! We are looking for Master Gardeners, Horticulturists, Garden Enthusiasts, General Yard Workers, and Carpenters. Some background in gardening is great but none is necessary, just a willingness to learn. We are looking for volunteers for pruning, planting, raking, mulching, watering, weeding, fence and trellis repair. If you’re interested in volunteering with us, 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


Violas and pansies are a great winter cover for spring bulbs like tulips.
  • Annual Phlox (Phlox drummondii) mix
  • Dianthus- Super Parfait Raspberry, Zing Rose
  • Dusty Miller ‘Silver Dust’
  • Flowering Kale “Nagoya Rose”, “Songbird Mix”
  • Gazania ‘Tiger Mix’, ‘Pink Shades’, ‘Colorado’, ‘Sunny Side Up’, ‘New Magic’, ‘New Day Yellow’
  • Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) various
  • Sweet William (Dianthus) Telstar Mix; red, white, pink
  • Swiss Chard ‘Bright Lights’
  • Violas: Sorbet: Fire, Blueberry Sundae, Raspberry Sundae, Jump Up Mix; Colormax: Lemonberry Pie, Colormax Mix; Penny: White Blotch
  • Pansies: Delta Mix Apple Cider; Matrix Mixes: Coastal Sunrise, Sunrise


Leopard Plant is a great winter bloomer with year round shiny green foliage- and a great pollinator plant!
  • Bears foot Hellebore (Helleborus foetidus) yellowish
  • Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens) white
  • Cape Leadwort (Plumbago capensis) blue
  • Carnation (Dianthus sp.) various
  • Creeping Veronica (Veronica umbrosa) blue
  • Daffodils, Jonquils (Narcissus sp.) yellow, white
  • Hellebore (Helleborus X orientalis) pink, white
  • Leopard plant (Farfugium japonicum) yellow
  • Ornamental Grass (Miscanthus sp.) red seed head
  • Paperwhite Narcissus (Narcissus papyraceus) white
  • Poet’s Laurel (Danae racemes) orange berries

Trees and Shrubs

Camellias (sansaqua on left, japonica on right) provide an immense amount of winter color and come in a variety of colors.
  • Camellia (Camellia japonica) cultivars:

‘Pink Perfection’ pink, double

‘Professor Sargent’ deep rose, double

‘Debutante’ clear, light pink

‘Lady Clare’ carmine rose, semi-double

‘Alba plena’ white with pink cast

‘Lovely Surprise’ pink

‘Dr. Tinsley’ pink, semi-double

  • Camellia (Camellia sasanqua sp.) white & pink
  • Camellia (Camellia sasanqua ‘Setsugekka’) white
  • Camellia (Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’) red
  • Chinese Mahonia (Mahonia fortunei) yellow
  • Flowering Apricot (Prunus mume) pink
  • Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles speciosa) apricot pink, red
  • Fragrant Osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans) yellow **Smells AMAZING**
  • Fragrant Winter Sweet (Chimonanthus praecox) yellow
  • Himalayan Sweetbox (Sarcococca hookerana) white, black drupe
  • Hollies (Ilex sp.) white
  • Leatherleaf Viburnum (Viburnum rhytophyllum) white
  • Laurustinus (Viburnum tinus) pink to white
  • Tea plant (Camellia sinenses) white/yellow
  • Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorium) yellow
  • Winter Honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima) white
  • Witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) yellow to reddish brown

Berries and seeds: Bird Food

  • Hollies (Ilex sp.): Yaupon (I. vomitoria) red, yellow; Winterberry (I. verticillata) red; Dahoon (I. cassine) red; Dwarf Burford Holly (Ilex cornuta) red berries
  • Nandina (Nandina domestica) red, yellow
  • Japanese Fatsia (Fatsia japonica) green to black
  • Poet’s Laurel (Danae racemosa) orange-red

Kitchen Garden:

Members of the Brassica family, like broccoli, kale and cabbage, provide the majority of cold weather vegetable crops.
  • Cover crops- crimson clover, mustard, rye, white clover
  • Beets, carrots, lettuce, mustards, kale, parsley, Swiss chard, spinach, arugula, fava beans, artichoke, cardoon, brussel sprouts, cabbage, collards
Created By
Hadley Cheris