January Blooms at Tryon Palace

Happy New Year! I can't believe it's already 2018!

A popular statement you’ll frequently see on social media at this time of year is “New Year, New Me”. That is VERY much true for the Tryon Palace Gardens in 2018. We’ve got new staff on board and are looking forward to an exciting new year of blooming gardens and programs! We’ve got big plans in store for some of our areas and can’t wait to share those with you. It’s already been a unique start to the new year as most of our first two weeks were spent cleaning up snow and ice—not a common occurrence here in Eastern NC! We’ve just finished “de-decorating” from Candlelight and are busily planning for great spring gardens!

Join us for our lecture on Camellias- they're a great winter Southern garden staple!

On the near horizon, our first free garden lecture of the year will be on January 20th at 10 am, with a presentation from the Twin Rivers Camellia Club. Members of the club will present a lecture on a visit to Massee Lane, the mecca for camellias, and provide information on the various bloom types, and review the “cheat sheet of do and don’ts” on camellias. Please see https://www.tryonpalace.org/events/garden-lecture-series-january for more information and plan to join us!

Bryce Lane will return for our February 17 garden lecture!

Also add to your calendar February 17th at 10am- we’ll have a great February lecture from Bryce Lane, three-time Emmy Award winning television personality, on “Landscaping in Small Spaces: Big Ideas for “Little” Gardens”. From plant selection, to landscape design, to installation, he will talk about how to promote and educate gardeners about gardening in small spaces.

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 (and stay warm!!),

Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager


Violas have traditionally smaller blooms and leaves- they are also the original form, with pansies being bred later.
  • Annual Phlox (Phlox drummondii) mix
  • Dusty Miller ‘Silver Dust’
  • Dianthus- Super Parfait Raspberry, Zing Rose
  • Ornamental Kale- Bor Scarlet, purple leaves
  • Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) various mixes
  • Sweet William (Dianthus) Telstar Mix
  • Violas: Sorbet: Black Jump Up, Honeybee, Phantom; Penny: Mix Jump Up, Purple Picotee
  • Pansies: Delta Mixes: Apple Cider, White Blotch; Matrix Mixes: Orange, Solar Flare, Blue Frost; Frizzle Sizzle Mix; Panolo Jewels n Jazz


Bears foot Hellebore- a more upright, thin leafed species
  • 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
  • Ornamental Grass (Miscanthus sp.) red seed head
  • Paperwhite Narcissus (Narcissus papyraceus) white
  • Poet’s Laurel (Danae racemes) orange berries

Trees and Shrubs

Camellia japonica "Pink Perfection"
  • 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 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

Kitchen Garden:

Crimson clover is a great bee forage and a wonderful nitrogen- fixing winter cover crop
  • Cover crops- crimson clover, mustard, rye, white clover
  • Beets, carrots, celery, lettuce, mustard, kale, parsley, Swiss chard, spinach, arugula
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