April Blooms at Tryon Palace

It’s hard to believe how much things change in a month- granted March 2020 was possibly the longest month on record! We are missing sharing our gardens with everyone in person but hope you will enjoy living vicariously through this blog in the meantime. One of the beautiful things about gardening that attracts many of us is the constancy of Mother Nature. While she can be a wild mistress with weather, there’s something comforting about the rotation of the seasons, the planting of some small seed that grows into something big and beautiful, the repetition of our garden chores. Last month we received several thousand plants for our summer gardens which have been growing like gangbusters. We’re still taking socially distant turns to monitor and care for those plants. It’s an odd feeling to keep planning for regularly scheduled garden changes in the midst of such unknown.

The change a few weeks in the greenhouse makes!

On a more upbeat note- it’s also a wonderful time of year to look at how far we’ve come since the reopening of the Kellenberger Garden one year ago! I am especially proud of this one since it was my first foray with our new design software from start to finish then to installation!

The Kellenberger Garden from planting in late March 2019 to late March 2020

I would highly encourage you to use your time at home to look to a similar project- albeit maybe a smaller scale! At our home, we’ve been wandering the yard deciding where to plant trees, agreeing on where I’m allowed to take over turf into garden beds (my husband sadly is still a turfaholic- trying to love him anyways!), planting potatoes and herbs and adding raised beds for summer veggies!

If you’re already getting cabin fever and wanting future plans, we are always looking for volunteers for pruning, planting, raking, mowing, mulching, weeding. 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


Pansies and violas (like these featured above) can handle nasty winter temperatures and last until late spring!
  • 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


Hellebores are a great perennial for year round but particularly shine in the spring when they bloom for almost 5 months!
  • Basket of Gold (Arunia saxatilis) yellow
  • Bath’s Pink (Dianthus gratianopolitanus) pink
  • Barrenwort (Epimedium grandiflorum)
  • Bears foot Hellebore (Helleborus foetidus) yellowish
  • Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) blue
  • Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens) white
  • Cape Leadwort (Plumbago capensis) blue
  • Carnation (Dianthus sp.) various
  • Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) red/yellow
  • Columbine (Aquilegia vulgare) rose, purple, white spurs
  • Creeping Veronica (Veronica umbrosa) blue
  • Daffodils, Jonquils (Narcissus sp.) yellow, white
  • Lenten Rose (Helleborus X orientalis) pink, white, purple
  • Leopard plant (Farfugium japonicum) yellow
  • Lungwort (Pulmonaria saccharata) blue
  • Mazus (Mazus reptans ‘alba’) white
  • Mountain pinks (Phlox subulata) pink, lavender, white
  • Pinks (Dianthus chinensis) pink
  • Poet’s Laurel (Danae racemes) orange berries
  • Ragged Robin (Lychnis flos-cuculi) pink
  • Soapwort (Saponaria ocymoides)
  • Wallflowers (Cheiranthus allionii) orange
  • Wild Geranium (Geranium pratense) magenta
  • Vinca (Vinca minor) blue

Bulbs, Corms, Rhizomes

  • Allium Azureum, blue
  • Allium ostrowkianum Dark Pink
  • Bearded Iris “Immortality” white, reblooming
  • Cemetery Iris (Iris schreekuppe) white
  • Crocus (Crocus vernus) various
  • Daffodils, Jonquils and Paperwhites (Narcissus sp) yellows, white
  • Daffodil Poeticus Actaea, Double Flower Drift, Double Sir Winston Churchill
  • Dwarf Iris: Mixed, “J S Dijt”, danfordiae
  • Dutch Iris (Iridaceae x hollandica)
  • Gladiolus specie byzantinus
  • Grape Hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum) blue
  • Ground Iris (Bletilla striata) purple; white
  • Hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis) pink, white, purple
  • Iris (Iris germanica) white, purple, yellow
  • Lady Jane Tulip- white and pink (Tulipa clusiana)
  • Marjoletti Tulip- yellow and orange
  • Poppy Anemone (Anemone coronaria De Caen) various
  • Ranunculus Tecelote- orange, yellow, red, white
  • Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) white, green
  • Snowflakes (Leucojum aestivum) white
  • Starflower (Ipheion uniflorum) blue-white (Stinky)
  • Tulips: Lily-flowered: Maytime, Ballerina; Single Lates: Multicolor Mixture, Blushing Beauty
  • Wood Hyacinth (Scilla campanulata) blue; white
  • Windflower (Anemone coronaria) blue, magenta, white

Trees and Shrubs

A few of my favorite spring blooms- Starting from the Top L clockwise: Wisteria, Redbud, Lady Banks Rose, Red Buckeye
  • Akebia vine (Akebia quinata) cream color blooms, smells like chocolate
  • Anise Tree (Illicium floridanum) reddish
  • Azaleas (Rhododendron sp.) Variety sizes and colors
  • Bridal Wreath (Spirea prunifolia) white
  • 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

  • Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) yellow *TOXIC TO HONEY BEES*
  • Carolina Silverbell (Halesia caroliniana) creamy white
  • Cornelian Cherry (Cornus mas) yellow
  • Crabapple (Malus sieboldii) pink
  • Dogwood (Cornus florida) white
  • First Breath of Spring or Winter Honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima) white
  • Flowering Almond (Prunus glandulosa) pink, fuzzy
  • Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles speciosa) apricot pink, red
  • Fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenia) fuzzy white
  • Fragrant Osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans) yellow **Smells AMAZING**
  • Himalayan Sweetbox (Sarcococca hookerana) white, black drupe
  • Hollies (Ilex sp.) variety
  • Kerria (Kerria japonica pleniflora) Double yellow
  • Kerria (Kerria japonica) single yellow
  • Lady Banks Rose (Rosa banksia) yellow
  • Leatherleaf Viburnum (Viburnum rhytophyllum) white
  • Laurustinus (Viburnum tinus) pink to white
  • Chinese Snowball (Viburnum macrocephalum ‘Sterile’) greenish white
  • Blackhaw or Walter Viburnum (Viburum obovatum)
  • Judd’s Viburnum (Viburnum judii) pink, fragrant
  • Lantaphyllum (Viburnum X rhytidophylloides ‘Alleghany’) white
  • Old Blush Rose (Rosa chinensis) pink
  • Pawpaw (Asimina triloba)
  • Pearlbush (Exochorda racemosa) white
  • Japanese Pieris (Pieris japonica) white
  • Redbud (Cercis canadensis) fuchsia
  • Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia)
  • Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia) small white
  • Sassafras (Sassafras officinale) chartreuse
  • Wisteria (Wisteria floribunda) white, purple

Bee Food/ Wildflowers:

  • Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) lavender
  • Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) yellow

Kitchen Garden:

  • Cover crops- crimson clover, mustard, rye, white clover, fava beans
  • Beets, carrots, lettuce, mustards, kale, parsley, Swiss chard, spinach, arugula, fava beans, artichoke, cardoon, brussel sprouts, cabbage, collards
  • Apple, Pear & Peach Trees: pink to white.
Created By
Hadley Cheris