October Blooms at Tryon Palace

The mums are in and starting to pop- just in time for Mumfest and Fall Garden Lovers Weekend! I’ve been musing what our collective obsession with mums is about, seeing as they are fairly “meh” colors and I think I finally discovered it this morning by way of a poem.

“October gave a party;

The leaves by hundreds came,—

The Ashes, Oaks, and Maples,

And leaves of every name.

The sunshine spread a carpet,

And everything was grand;

Miss Weather led the dancing;

Professor Wind, the band....

The sight was like a rainbow

New-fallen from the sky....”

~George Cooper (1840–1927), "October's Party," c.1887

One of the things everyone loves about fall is that leaf color change. If you live in the middle to western part of the state, you get to bask in the myriad of pigments. In New Bern, it’s just not something we really have in quantity. While we do still have the oaks and a few maples, most of our hearty varieties are of the brown shade- and that’s assuming you don’t just have pine trees! I think part of why we’ve fallen so deeply in love with mums is that it’s how we achieve the fall color we dream of. If you can’t wait until the sale to get your Mumfest decorations, visit the garden area of the shop at the History Center and grab mums there!

Our garden staff are busy working in preparation for the Fall Heritage Plant Sale Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14. We’ll have lots of fall color available- in mums and other plants for those of you less mum-inclined. There will also be ornamental kale, many herbs, and even some pansies and snapdragons to get you squared away til spring! It’s a great time of year to Fingers crossed for good weather during the weekend but remember the sale goes on rain or shine.

Our Fall Plant Sale is October 13 & 14 from 9-5, during Garden Lovers weekend, featuring free gardens admission October 13-15. We’ll have perennials, shrubs, trees and HONEY from our Tryon Palace bees! Come early to get your favorites!

If you’d like the in-person “what’s blooming in the garden”, the gardens will be free during Garden Lovers Weekend October 13-15. There will also be a Behind the Scenes tour in the garden October 17 starting at the Waystation at 2pm!

We’ve got plenty of work to do in the gardens and we always love more help. We especially need help mowing and raking magnolia leaves. We’re also be switching out our gardens later this month for tulips, pansies, violas and other winter annuals. Look for opportunities in November to help with Holiday Decorating too! If you’d like to volunteer 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


  • Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sumpervirens) native, red and yellow
  • Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata) orange
  • Morning glory (Ipomoea purpurea ‘Grandpa Ott’ ) purple
  • Morning Glory (Ipomoea tricolor ) blue with white throat
  • Trumpet Vine (Campsis grandiflora) orange


Bright Gazania
  • Angelonia ‘Serena Mix WaterFall’ ‘Serenita Mix’
  • Annual Phlox (Phlox drummondii) mix
  • Basil, multiple varieties- lavender, white
  • Balsam (Impatiens balsamina) mix
  • Begonia Non- Stop ‘Mocca Mix’- warm colors
  • California Poppy (Escholzia californica) yellow
  • Coleus ‘Kong Empire Mix’
  • Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) orange, yellow
  • Cuphea ‘Sriacha Rose’
  • Dahlia ‘Figaro Mix’
  • Dusty Miller ‘Silver Dust’
  • Euphorbia ‘Glitz’- white
  • Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana sp) various
  • Gazania ‘Enorma Mix’
  • Gerbera ‘Revolution Mix Select’
  • Globe Amaranth (Gomphrena globosa) purple, pink, white,orange
  • Love Lies Bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus)- burgundy
  • Marigolds- variety
  • Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia diversifolia) red and orange
  • Ornamental Millet ‘Purple Baron’
  • Pentas- ‘Graffiti’ - Violet, Lipstick, Pink, Mix
  • Salvia coccinea ‘Summer Jewel White’ ‘Summer Jewel Red’
  • Salvia farinacea ‘Fairy Queen’, ‘Evolution Blue’
  • Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) various
  • Sunflowers (Helianthus sp.) various colors of yellow and red
  • Vinca ‘Cora Cascade Mix’
  • Wishbone Flower (Torenia founrieri) blue, white, purple
  • Zinnias- multiple varieties


Japanese Anemones are a great evergreen perennial with beautiful delicate flowers
  • Ageratum/Mistflower (Conoclimium coelestinum) blue
  • Asters (Aster frickarti & Symphyotrichum sp ) blue, pink
  • Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus)- blue, pink, white w/ purple veins
  • Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) red, pink, fuschia
  • Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) yellow
  • Blanket Flower (Gaillardia puchella) red + yellow
  • Bog Sage (Salvia uliginosa) light blue
  • Bronze Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) yellow
  • Bush Clover (Lespedeza virginica) pink
  • Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) yellow,orange ** May have monarch caterpillars**
  • Cape Leadwort (Plumbago capensis) blue
  • Carolina Phlox (Phlox Carolina ‘Miss Lingard’) white
  • Catmint (Nepeta faassenii) blue
  • Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) blue
  • Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) purple, black seed heads left for birds
  • Confederate Rose (Hibiscus mutabilis) white to pink
  • Coral Bells (Heuchera sp.) variety of leaf colors, blooms white or pink
  • Dahlias- yellow, burgundy, mix
  • False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides) yellow
  • Fleabane (Erigeron sp) white
  • Four o’clocks (Mirabilis jalapa) fuschia, yellow, pinks
  • Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum) white
  • Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ & ‘Sparkle White’) pink, white
  • Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata) ‘David’- white; ‘Eva Cullum’ –pink
  • Giant Coneflower (Rudbeckia maxima) seed heads for birds
  • Golden rod (Solidago sp.) yellow
  • Green-headed Coneflower (Rudbeckia lacinata) yellow
  • Hosta sp. - white
  • Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracenis) purple
  • Japanese Anemone (Anemone japonica) pink
  • Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum) purple, white seed heads
  • Lantana camarara – yellow, orange, red, pink
  • Lion’s Ear (Leonotus leonurus) orange
  • Liriope sp. blue
  • Lithodrora diffusa- blue
  • Maltese cross (Lychnis chalcedonica) red
  • Mealycup Sage (Salvia farinacea) blue
  • Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha) fuzzy purple
  • Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera) yellow/brown
  • Okra Hibiscus (Hibiscus esculentus) coral
  • Patrinia (Patrinia scabiosaefolia) yellow
  • Pink Mallow (Malva moschata) pink
  • Pineapple sage (Salvia elegans) red
  • Purple Heart (Setcreasea pallida)
  • Rose mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos) pink
  • Salvia greggi (Salvia greggii) red
  • Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ (Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’) red & white
  • Salvia ‘Indigo Spires’ (Salvia farinacea X longispicata) indigo
  • Scented geraniums-small pink, lavender flowers
  • Sedum (Sedum X) yellow
  • Shasta daisy (Chrysanthemum X superbum) white
  • Soapwort (Saponaria ocymoides) pink
  • Stokes’ Aster (Stokesia laevis) blue, yellow
  • Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) red, white, pink
  • Swamp sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius) yellow
  • Tatarian Aster (Aster tartaricus) blue
  • Texas Star or Rose Mallow (Hibiscus coccineus) red
  • Tickseed (Coreopsis lanceolata) yellow
  • Virginia Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana) blue
  • Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) purple
  • Wild Geranium (Geranium pratense) magenta
  • Yarrow (Achillea fillipendula ‘Gold Dust’) yellow

Bulbs, Corms and Rhizomes:

  • Asiatic Lilies (Lilium sp.) reds, yellows, orange
  • Blackberry Lily (Iris domestica) orangle speckled, with blackberry like seed pods
  • Crinum lily-pink,white
  • Fall Crocus (Colchicum sp.) Pink
  • Formosa lily (Lilium formosum) white
  • Ginger Lily (Hedychium coronarium) white
  • Gloriosa Lily (Gloriosa superba) yellow,red
  • New Bern Lily (Lycoris radiate) red sans foliage
  • Oxblood or Schoolhouse Lily (Rhodophiala bifida)- red
  • Pineapple Lily (Eucomis comosa ‘Sparkling Burgundy’) - burgundy
  • Rain Lily (Zephryanthes sp) pink, white, yellow
  • Toad Lily (Tricyrtis hirta) pink, purple


Drift Roses are an excellent landscape groundcover and come in a wide range of colors- we'll have at least four shades at plant sale!
  • Drift Roses (Meigalpio- red)
  • Knock out Roses (Rosa ‘RADrazz’)
  • Old Blush Rose (Rosa chinensis) pink
  • Heirloom Roses: ‘Safrano’ – yellow; ‘Marie Van Houtte’ – white; ‘The Fairy’- pink; ‘Heritage’ – pink; ‘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 varieties

Trees and Shrubs

Fragrant Osmanthus or Tea Olive packs the best bang for your buck smell into a great screening plants!
  • Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) pink,purple berries
  • Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) white
  • Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii) purple, white, lavender
  • Chinese Mahonia (Mahonia fortunei) yellow
  • Crape Myrtles (Lagerstroemia sp) pink, white, red, lavender
  • Encore Azaleas (Rhododendron Hybrid) (‘Autumn Amethyst’(lavender), ‘Autumn Angel’(white), ‘Autumn Chiffon’(pink))
  • Fringetree (Chinonanthus retusus) blue drupes
  • Fragrant Osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans) yellow **Smells AMAZING**
  • 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
  • Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) white, lavender
  • Spanish bayonet (Yucca aloifolia) white
  • Tea plant (Camellia sinenses) white
  • Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummuondii) red

Kitchen Garden:

Apples, pears, garlic chives, mints, cardinal basil, oregano, thyme, salad burnet, pineapple sage, garden sage, sorghum, cotton, basil, popcorn. Cover crops are being planted for overwintering.

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