September Blooms at Tryon Palace

Happy September! I hope Dorian left you with little damage and that you were able to enjoy that absolutely beautiful weather the day after. Fall begins this month in New Bern and honestly- I could NOT be more ready. I absolutely adore fall weather (look for me sporting a new scarf daily!) and all the fall changes in plants, coffee flavors and pie. Especially after this long, dry, hot summer, I’m ready for a change of scenery! This is also the super busy time of year for the Palace gardens, as we begin changing gardens several times, having our fall plant sale and preparing for Candlelight!

This week amidst post- hurricane clean up, we’re planting over 11,000 “baby plants” in the nursery yard for the gardens, plant sale and the NCHC store. These include violas, pansies, herbs and winter blooming perennials. The gardens will be in transition over the next few weeks making room for new things. The summer annuals in Latham and Carraway, which are beginning to look tired, will be culled to make way for mums in time for Mumfest in October. The kitchen garden is being transitioned to cover crops and a few fall items. Many of the other gardens have perennials still holding their own as our annuals start to morph into their winter phases.

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. We especially need help mowing, watering and mulching in the gardens. We’ve got plenty of work to do in the gardens and we always love more help. We’ll also have several upcoming garden switch-over days! 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!

Join us September 21st for our FREE garden lecture!

Our upcoming September garden lecture. September 21 at 10 am in Cullman Hall, features Jennifer Knight, local landscaper and gardener, and Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager, focusing on plants best adapted to face the weather challenges of Eastern North Carolina, with a special focus on agricultural adaptability. It will also feature a sneak peek of the plants available at the Tryon Palace Fall Plant Sale.

We’ve got some amazing new flowers in both bulbs and annuals coming soon, but you’ll still get the short burst of signature fall color from chrysanthemums this month and part of October. Keep an eye on the asters and salvias this time of the year for some really amazing pollinator plants with fall colors! See all of this and more as our fall garden behind the scenes tours return starting September 24!

Our Fall Plant Sale is October 11 &12 from 9-5, during Garden Lovers weekend, featuring free gardens admission October 11-13. We’ll have perennials, shrubs, trees and HONEY from our Tryon Palace bees! Come early to get your favorites!

We hope to see you soon! Happy Gardening,

Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager


Mexican Sunflower is a large self-seeding annual with GORGEOUS orange flowers all later summer and fall!
  • 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
  • Celosia ‘Century Mix’, ‘Kimono Mix, ‘Fresh Look Mix’
  • Coleus ‘Kong Mix Empire’, ‘Chocolate Covered Cherry’
  • Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) orange, yellow, pinks
  • 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
  • Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia diversifolia) red and orange
  • 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

Oxblood lilies are a smaller more trumpet shaped "naked" lily
  • Asiatic Lilies (Lilium sp.) reds, yellows, orange, pinks
  • Blackberry Lily (Iris domestica) orange speckled, with blackberry like seed pods
  • Crinum lily-pink,white
  • Crocosmia- red, orange
  • Dahlias- yellow, burgundy, mix
  • 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
  • Fall Crocus (Colchicum sp.) Pink
  • Formosa lily (Lilium formosum) white
  • Ginger Lily (Hedychium coronarium) white, yellow, orange
  • Gloriosa Lily (Gloriosa superba) yellow, red
  • Naked Ladies or Surprise Lily (Lycoris squamigeria ) pink sans foliage
  • New Bern Lily (Lycoris radiate) red sans foliage
  • Oriental Lily (Lilium oriental ‘Rubrum’)
  • Oxblood or Schoolhouse Lily (Rhodophiala bifida)- red
  • Pineapple Lily (Eucomis comosa ‘Sparkling Burgundy’) – burgundy
  • Rain Lily (Zephryanthes sp) pink, white, yellow
  • Pineapple Lily (Eucomis comosa ‘Sparkling Burgundy’) - burgundy
  • Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum or P. multiflorum) variegated foliage, white blooms
  • Tiger Lily (Lilium sp.) orange & black
  • Toad Lily (Tricyrtis hirta) pink, purple


Mixes perennial borders- like this one shown at Longwood Gardens- provide color and texture all summer long! The Joe Pye Weed on the left is my personal favorite!
  • Asters (Aster frickarti & Symphyotrichum sp ) blue, pink
  • Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus) blue, pink, white
  • Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) red
  • Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) yellow
  • Blanket Flower (Gaillardia puchella) red + yellow
  • Bog Sage (Salvia uliginosa) light blue
  • Bronze Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) yellow
  • Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) yellow, orange, red; pink ** May have monarch catepillars**
  • Cape Leadwort (Plumbago capensis) blue
  • Carolina Phlox (Phlox Carolina ‘Miss Lingard’) white
  • Catmint (Nepeta faassenii) blue
  • Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) blue
  • Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) various
  • Confederate Rose (Hibiscus mutabilis) white to pink
  • Coral Bells (Heuchera sp.) variety of leaf colors, blooms white or pink
  • English Daisy (Bellis perennis) white, pink
  • False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides) yellow
  • Fleabane (Erigeron sp) white
  • Four o’clocks (Mirabilis jalapa) fuschia, yellow, pinks
  • Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata)- ‘David’- white; ‘Eva Cullum’ –pink
  • Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum) white
  • Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ & ‘Sparkle White’) pink, white
  • Gayfeathers (Liatris spicata) purple
  • Giant Coneflower (Rudbeckia maxima) yellow
  • Green-headed Coneflower (Rudbeckia lacinata) yellow
  • Hosta sp. – white or lavendar
  • 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’
  • Lion’s Ear (Leonotus leonurus) orange
  • Liriope sp. blue
  • (Lithodrora diffusa) blue
  • Lungwort (Pulmonaria saccharata) blue
  • Mealycup Sage (Salvia farinacea) blue
  • Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera) yellow/brown
  • Obedient Plant (Physotegia virginiana) white
  • Patrinia (Patrinia scabiosaefolia) yellow
  • Pink Mallow (Malva moschata) pink
  • Rose Campion (Lychnis coronaria) pink or white
  • Rose mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos) pink
  • Rue (Ruta graveolens) chartreuse
  • Salvia (Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’) red & white & (Salvia greggii) red, pink
  • Scented geraniums-small pink, lavender flowers
  • Sedum (Sedum X) yellow, pink
  • Shasta daisy (Chrysanthemum X superbum) white
  • Soapwort (Saponaria ocymoides) pink
  • Stokes’ Aster (Stokesia laevis) blue, pink, yellow
  • Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) red, white, pink
  • Tatarian Aster (Aster tartaricus) blue
  • Texas Star Mallow (Hibiscus coccineus) red
  • Tickseed (Coreopsis lanceolata) yellow
  • Valerian (Centranthus ruber) red
  • Vervain (Verbena bonariensis) purple
  • Viper’s Bugloss (Echium vulgare) blue & Viper’s Bugloss (Echium tuberculatum) pink
  • Virginia Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana) blue
  • Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) purple
  • Wild Geranium (Geranium pratense) magenta
  • Yarrow (Achillea fillipendula ‘Gold Dust’) yellow, white, pastels

Flowering Vines

Autumn Clematis provides an interesting texture- just be wary of where you put it!
  • Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sumpervirens) native, red and yellow
  • Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata)
  • Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis terniflora) white
  • Trumpet Vine (Campsis grandiflora) orange
  • 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

Glossy abelia is tough and able to handle a myriad of summer conditions! This particular cultivar 'Canyon Creek" is my personal favorite and popular with pollinators too!
  • Glossy Abelia (Abelia grandiflora) pink, white
  • Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) pink
  • Bush Clover (Lespedeza sp.) fuschia pink
  • Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii) purple
  • Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) white
  • Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus) blue
  • Chinese Mahonia (Mahonia fortunei) yellow
  • Crape Myrtles (Lagerstroemia sp) pink, white, purple, red
  • Encore Azaleas (Rhodendron Hybrid) red, fuchsia, white
  • Chinese Fringetree (Chinonanthus retusus) blue drupes
  • Fragrant Osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans) yellow
  • Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides)
  • Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) blue, pink
  • Lacecap Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla normalis) pink, blue
  • Oak-leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) white, dried blooms
  • Pomegranate (Punica granata) coral, orange blooms, fruit
  • Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia) leaves beginning to fall, look for Buckeyes
  • Rosemary, (Rosmarinus officinale) white, lavender
  • 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
  • Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummuondii) red
  • Variegated Hydrangea (Hydrangea X) white-pink
  • Weigela (Weigela florida) pink and white

Kitchen Garden:

  • Summer squash, patty pan squash, tomatoes, celery, apples, peppers, eggplant, popcorn, okra, watermelons, sunflowers, melons, stevia, figs, blueberries, onions, basil, mints, oregano, thyme, salad burnet, garden sage, ‘Munstead’ lavender
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Hadley Cheris