NovemberBlooms AT tRYON pALACE

It’s bulb planting season around the Palace! The mums are headed out and we’re busy planting lots of tulips, daffodils, anemones, ranunculus, iris and MORE in our gardens! We’ll be topping those off with violas, pansies, snapdragons and dianthus for winter color before the spring shoots raise their heads. November also starts a new kind of busy for us with the arrival of holiday decorating and Candlelight preparations! This year I’ve gotten a head start throughout the summer but that doesn’t deplete the amount still yet to be created! We’ve got LOTS of events this November and December and we hope you’ll join us for a few!

Learn about bulbs during our Nov. 10 garden lecture!

Our November garden lecture series, Saturday November 10, features Brent Heath of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs speaking on “Bulbs as Companion Plants”. Following the lecture, there will be a book signing. Books are available for purchase at the North Carolina History Center Museum Store. This lecture is free and begins at 10 a.m. in Cullman Performance Hall at the North Carolina History Center.

November also kicks off our décor-based programming starting with a lecture on the decorations of the Governor's Palace and historic houses at Tryon Palace. The November 16th “Lunch and Learn” lecture will focus on the special items used in the decorations, the historical ties and the “Four Elements” theming of the Palace pieces. The program begins as noon in the North Carolina History Center.

Your first sneak peek of the "Four Elements" theme- join us for our Nov 16 lecture and Wednesday holiday decor tours (Nov 28- Dec 19) to learn more!

Join us Wednesday, November 28, for a tour of the first floor of the Governor's Palace, with a focus on the decorations for the upcoming "Masquerade: A Candlelight Christmas Celebration”, describing the special items used in the decorations and the “Four Elements” theming of the pieces. Ticket holders must meet their guide on the Governor's Palace front steps at 9:30 a.m. Discovering Tryon Palace: Holiday Decor Tours will also take place on December 5, 12, and 19.

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 finishing switching out our gardens early this month for bulbs and winter annuals. Holiday Decorating and Installation will have one shift left each day at the following times: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Tuesday, November 13- Friday, November 16. 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, Gardens and Greenhouse Manager, Tryon Palace


Dianthus are a great long- lived, long- blooming annual flower!
  • Annual Phlox (Phlox drummondii) mix
  • Basil, multiple varieties- lavender, white
  • Balsam (Impatiens balsamina) mix
  • Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) orange, yellow
  • Cuphea ‘Sriacha Rose’
  • Dianthus- Super Parfait Raspberry, Zing Rose
  • Dusty Miller ‘Silver Dust’
  • Gazania ‘Enorma Mix’, ‘Pink Shades’, ‘Colorado’
  • Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia diversifolia) red and orange
  • Salvia farinacea ‘Victoria White’, ‘Victoria Blue’, ‘Evolution Blue’
  • Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) various
  • Sunflowers (Helianthus sp.) various colors of yellow and red
  • Sweet William (Dianthus) Telstar Mix; red, white, pink
  • Violas: Sorbet: Phantom, Fire, Blueberry Sundae, Ocean Breeze; Penny: White Jump Up, Peach Jump Up, White Blotch, Beaconsfield
  • Pansies: Delta Mixes: Apple Cider, Buttered Popcorn; Cool Wave Sunshine and Wine Spreading Mix; Frizzle Sizzle Mix; Fizzy Lemonberry

Kitchen Garden:

Palace kitties find winter cole crops to be a great hangout place!

Apples, pears, garlic chives, mints, cardinal basil, oregano, thyme, salad burnet, pineapple sage, garden sage, roselle, cotton, peanuts, basil, lettuce, cabbage, brussel sprouts, kale, broccoli, cabbage.

  • Cover crops are being planted for overwintering.

Bulbs, Corms and Rhizomes:

  • Blackberry Lily (Iris domestica) orangle speckled, with blackberry like seed pods
  • Crinum Lily- pink, white
  • Fall Crocus (Colchicum sp.) Pink
  • Ginger Lily (Hedychium coronarium) white
  • Pineapple Lily (Eucomis comosa ‘Sparkling Burgundy’) - burgundy
  • Rain Lily (Zephryanthes sp) pink, white, yellow
  • Toad Lily (Tricyrtis hirta) pink, purple

Flowering Vines

  • Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sumpervirens) native, red and yellow
  • Morning glory (Ipomoea purpurea ‘Grandpa Ott’) purple
  • Morning Glory (Ipomoea tricolor) blue with white throat


Japanese anemones are wonderful fall bloomers with tall bloom stalks
  • Ageratum/Mistflower (Conoclimium coelestinum) blue
  • Asters (Aster frickarti & Symphyotrichum sp ) blue, pink
  • Blanket Flower (Gaillardia puchella) red + yellow
  • Bog Sage (Salvia uliginosa) light blue
  • Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) yellow,orange ** May have monarch caterpillars**
  • Cape Leadwort (Plumbago capensis) blue
  • Carnation (Dianthus sp) various
  • Cigar or cigarette flower (Cuphea ignea) red, purple, white. Bees love it!
  • Clara Curtis Mum (Chrysanthemum rubellum) pink
  • Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) various, seed heads left for birds
  • Confederate Rose (Hibiscus mutabilis) white to pink
  • Coral Bells (Heuchera sp.) variety of leaf colors, blooms white or pink
  • Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia numularia) yellow foliage
  • English Daisy (Bellis perennis) white, pink
  • False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides) yellow
  • Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum) white
  • Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ & ‘Sparkle White’) pink, white
  • Golden rod (Solidago sp.) yellow
  • Japanese Anemone (Anemone japonica) pink
  • Lantana sp. – yellow, orange, red, pink
  • Lion’s Ear (Leonotus leonurus) orange
  • Liriope sp. blue
  • Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha) fuzzy purple
  • Patrinia (Patrinia scabiosaefolia) yellow
  • Pineapple sage (Salvia elegans) red
  • Pink Mallow (Malva moschata) pink
  • Rose mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos) pink
  • Salvia greggi (Salvia greggii) red
  • Salvia (Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’) red & white & (Salvia greggii) red
  • Salvia ‘Indigo Spires’ (Salvia farinacea X longispicata) indigo
  • Sedum (Sedum X) yellow, pink
  • Stokes’ Aster (Stokesia laevis) blue, yellow
  • Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) red, white, pink
  • Tatarian Aster (Aster tartaricus) blue
  • Texas Star or Rose Mallow (Hibiscus coccineus) red


  • Drift Roses (Rosa 'Meigalpio');
  • Knock out Roses (Rosa ‘RADrazz’)
  • Old Blush Rose (Rosa chinensis) pink
  • Heirloom Roses: David Austin varieties

Trees and Shrubs

Sasanqua Camellias are a wonderful fall bloomer and pollinator plant!
  • Glossy Abelia (Abelia grandiflora) pink, white
  • Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) white, pink, purple berries
  • Camellia (Camellia sasanqua sp.) white & pink
  • Camellia (Camellia sasanqua ‘Setsugekka’) white
  • Camellia (Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’) red
  • Chinese Mahonia (Mahonia fortunei) yellow
  • Encore Azaleas (Rhodendron Hybrid) red, fuchsia, white
  • Fatsia (Fatsia japonica) white
  • Fragrant Osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans) yellow **Smells AMAZING**
  • Leatherleaf Viburnum (Viburnum rhytidophyllum) white
  • Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) cream
  • 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
  • Tea plant (Camellia sinenses) white
  • Winterberry (Ilex verticilliata) red berries
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Hadley Cheris

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