March Blooms at Tryon Palace

I love spring- even though we’re technically a few weeks away, you can feel the change in the air! After a wet, weird February, it’s refreshing to see the multitude of blooms coming on each day and it almost gives this rush of jumping into spring! Our greenhouse is bursting with plants that seem to grow an inch every time I turn around! Our seedlings are flourishing, and the summer garden annuals are starting to spread their roots beautifully. Our gardens are full of incredible blooms that warrant a closeup smell and second look- the gardeners are also making some new fun changes and additions that we’re thrilled to share! If you haven’t made it to see our gardens yet this spring, we’ve got some great upcoming opportunities!

Join us for our March 9 garden lecture!

Our March garden lecture series, Saturday, March 9th, features Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager, and Jennifer Knight, community gardener and owner of Knightscapes Enterprises, a design/ build landscape firm, co-hosting “Heirloom Vegetables for ENC & Spring Trade Specials”. This garden lecture will focus on heirloom vegetables best adapted to face the weather challenges of Eastern North Carolina with a sneak peek of the plants available at the Tryon Palace Spring Plant Sale. This lecture is free and begins at 10 a.m. in Cullman Performance Hall at the North Carolina History Center.

Also coming this month, we’ll have our Behind the Scenes Tours in the garden, where you can join one of our gardeners for a walk around the Palace blooms! The tours are March 12 and 19, beginning at 2pm at the Waystation.

Join us for a day focused on the natural world on March 23!

Not least of all for March is a brand-new event- Natural History Day, March 23 from 10am-2pm! Celebrate the wonders of the natural world during Natural History Day at Tryon Palace. Practice your powers of scientific observation of plants and animals as you roam the grounds and gardens and learn how 18th century science continues to inform life and biological sciences today.

And don’t forget the star of the event calendar for us- Spring Plant Sale is April 13 & 14 from 9am-5pm on the Daves lawn. The spring sale also coincides with our free Garden Lovers Weekend so make plans to stop by and smell the flowers (and maybe even take a few home)!

If you’re interested in a long term “behind the scenes” venture, we are looking for volunteers for pruning, planting, raking, mulching, watering, 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, 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


  • Annual Phlox (Phlox drummondii) mix
  • Dusty Miller ‘Silver Dust’
  • Dianthus- Super Parfait Raspberry, Zing Rose
  • Ornamental Kale- Bor Scarlet, Songbird mix
  • Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) various mixes
  • Sweet William (Dianthus) Telstar Mix
  • 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

Bulbs, Corms and Rhizomes

With daffodils for scale, you can see the truth of the name, Dwarf Iris! These miniatures are a fun addition to any garden but especially as a border!
  • Algerian Iris (Iris ungularia) blue
  • Allium azureum, blue
  • Allium ostrowkianum Dark Pink
  • 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
  • Gladiolus specie byzantinus
  • Grape Hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum) blue
  • Hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis) pink, white, purple
  • 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, Ballade, White Triumphator; Fringed Blue Heron, Apricot Parrot, Single Late Mixture, Fosteriana Orange Emperor
  • Wood Hyacinth (Scilla campanulata) blue; white
  • Windflower (Anemone coronaria) blue, magenta, white


Bath's Pink is an excellent ground-cover and also provides a carpet of beautiful late spring flower!
  • Bath’s Pink (Dianthus gratianopolitanus) pink
  • Barrenwort (Epimedium grandiflorum) yellow
  • Bears foot Hellebore (Helleborus foetidus) yellowish
  • Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) blue
  • Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens) white
  • Cape Leadwort (Plumbago capensis) blue
  • Carnation (Dianthus sp.) various
  • Creeping Veronica (Veronica umbrosa) blue
  • English daisy ‘Bellissiama Mix’ pink, white (Bellis)
  • Lenten Rose (Helleborus X orientalis) pink, white
  • 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
  • Wallflowers (Cheiranthus allionii) orange
  • Wild Geranium (Geranium pratense) magenta
  • Vinca (Vinca minor) blue

Trees and Shrubs

Pearl bush is a spectacular bright white early bloomer- it's also experiencing a new wave of popularity so add this heirloom to your garden!
  • Akebia vine (Akebia quinata) cream color blooms, smells like chocolate
  • Azaleas (Rhododendron sp.) Variety sizes and colors
  • Bridal Wreath (Spirea prunifolia) white
  • Camellia (Camellia japonica) cultivars:

‘Pink Perfection’ pink, double

‘Prof. 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**
  • 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, white
  • Fragrant Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox) yellow
  • Himalayan Sweetbox (Sarcococca hookerana) white, black drupe
  • 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: STINK
  • 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
  • Pearlbush (Exochorda racemosa) white
  • Redbud (Cercis canadensis) fuchsia
  • Sassafras (Sassafras officinale) chartreuse
  • Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia) small white
  • Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorium) yellow
  • Witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) yellow to reddish brown

Wildflowers/ Bee Food

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

Berries and seeds: Bird Food

  • Hollies (Ilex sp.):

Yaupon (I. vomitoria) red, yellow;

Winterberry (I. verticillata) red;

Dahoon (I. cassine) red;

Dwarf Burford Holly (Ilex cornuta) red berries

  • Nandina (Nandina domestica) red, yellow
  • Japanese Fatsia (Fatsia japonica) green to black
  • Poet’s Laurel (Danae racemosa) orange-red

Kitchen Garden:

Meet Nicky- he's a kitchen garden cole crop guard (he thinks)!
  • Apple, Pear & Peach Trees: pink to white blooms
  • Cover crops- crimson clover, mustard, rye, white clover, oats
  • Beets, carrots, lettuce, mustards, kale, parsley, Swiss chard, spinach, arugula
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