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October Blooms at Tryon Palace

Happy Fall- It’s officially October!! The fall temps have started to arrive, the trees are starting to try on new colors and we’re excited about the garden changes that are happening! The mums are ready to pop on the main Palace allee and the gardens are bursting. Our garden staff are busy working in preparation for the Fall Heritage Plant Sale Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10. 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 winter annuals to get you squared away til spring! It’s a great time of year to plant shrubs and trees. Fingers crossed for good weather during the weekend but remember the sale goes on rain or shine. Check out a sneak peek list here!

Winter annuals growing big in the greenhouse before heading out to the gardens!

We’ve got some amazing new flowers in both bulbs and annuals coming soon to the gardens. Keep an eye on the asters and salvias this time of the year for some really amazing pollinator plants with fall colors- the purple/ yellow combos are outstanding this year! If you’d like the in-person “what’s blooming in the garden”, the gardens will be free during Garden Lovers Weekend October 9-11. There will also be fall Behind the Scenes tours in the garden October 20, 27, and November 3 starting at the Waystation at 2pm!

If you’re itching to learn more and wanting to get out of the house into the beautiful weather, we are always looking for volunteers for planting, raking, mowing, mulching, weeding. You can sign up now to join us NOW! 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.

A myriad of plants are available for our fall plant sale! Come early for best selection!

Our Fall Plant Sale is October 9 &10 from 9-5, during Garden Lovers weekend, featuring free gardens admission October 9-11.

We’ll have perennials, shrubs, trees, annuals and edible plants! Come early to get your favorites!

We hope to see you soon! Happy Gardening,

Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager

Annuals

Salvia farinacea is blooming strong in the Latham Garden- a great tough pollinator plant!
  • Annual Phlox (Phlox drummondii) mix
  • Balsam (Impatiens balsamina) mix
  • Basil, multiple varieties- lavender, white, dark purple
  • Cardinal Basil- massive purple flower heads
  • Batchelor’s Buttons (Centaurea cyanus) blue
  • Begonias: ‘Baby Wing Mix’; ‘AmeriHybrid Roseform’ Yellow and Pink; ‘Tophat White with Green Leaf’; ‘Big Rose with Green Leaf’
  • California Poppy (Escholzia californica) yellow
  • Calocephalus “Bed Head”
  • Celosia ‘Century Mix’
  • Coleus ‘Kong Mix Empire’, ‘Chocolate Covered Cherry’, ‘Pineapple Surprise’, ‘Wizard Coral Sunrise’
  • Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) orange, yellow, pinks
  • Cuphea ‘Sriacha Rose’; FloriGlory Diana; Dynamite, ‘Pink Shimmer’
  • Dahlia ‘Figaro Mix’
  • Dianthus- Super Parfait Raspberry, Zing Rose
  • Dusty Miller ‘Silver Dust’
  • Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana sp) various
  • Gazania ‘Tiger Mix’, ‘Pink Shades’, ‘Colorado’, ‘Sunny Side Up’, ‘New Magic’, ‘New Day Yellow’, ‘Enorma Mix’
  • Gerbera ‘Revolution Mix Select’, ‘Floriline Maxi Mix’
  • Gomphrena ‘Buddy Purple’
  • Johnny-jump-up (Viola tricolor) purple and yellow
  • Love Lies Bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus)- burgundy
  • Marigolds- Hot Pak Orange, Durango Mix
  • Pentas- Butterfly Red, Butterfly White, Butterfly Deep Rose; Graffiti Lipstick
  • Salvia farinacea ‘Victoria White’, ‘Victoria Blue’, ‘Evolution Violet Blue’
  • Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) various
  • Sunflowers (Helianthus sp.) various colors of yellow and red
  • Sweet William (Dianthus) Telstar Mix; red, white, pink
  • Torenia ‘Kauai Rose’
  • Zinnias- ‘Profusion Orange’, ‘Profusion Cherry Bicolor’; multiple varieties

Perennials

Japanese Anemones are a perfect fall perennial that blooms high and sways in the breeze.
  • Ageratum/Mistflower (Conoclimium coelestinum) blue
  • Asters (Aster frickarti & Symphyotrichum sp ) blue, pink
  • Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus) blue, pink, white
  • Balloon Milkweed (Gomphocarpus physocarpus) white blooms, large round prickly balloon fruits ** May have monarch caterpillars**
  • Bachelor’s Button (Centaurea montana) blue
  • Barrenwort (Epimedium grandiflorum) yellow
  • Bath’s Pink (Dianthus gratianopolitanus) pink
  • Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) red, pink, fuschia
  • Spotted Bee Balm (Monarda punctata) purple
  • Betony “Hummelo” purple
  • Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) yellow
  • Blanket Flower (Gaillardia puchella) red + yellow
  • Bleeding Heart (Dicentra eximia) pink and white
  • Bronze Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) yellow
  • Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) blue
  • Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) yellow,orange ***May have Monarch Caterpillars***
  • Callirhoe/ Purple Poppy Mallow- purple
  • Cape Leadwort (Plumbago capensis) blue
  • Carnation (Dianthus sp.) various
  • Carolina Phlox (Phlox Carolina ‘Miss Lingard’) white
  • Catmint (Nepeta faassenii) blue
  • Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) red/yellow & (Aquilegia vulgare) rose, purple, white spurs
  • Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) blue
  • Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) various
  • Coral Bells (Heuchera sp.) variety of leaf colors, blooms white or pink
  • Daisy, Ox-Eye (Leucanthemum vulgare); Shasta (Chrysanthemum X superbum) white
  • English Daisy (Bellis perennis) white, pink
  • False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides) yellow
  • Fleabane (Erigeron sp) white
  • Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata)- ‘David’- white; ‘Eva Cullum’ –pink
  • Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ & ‘Sparkle White’) pink, white
  • Giant Coneflower (Rudbeckia maxima) yellow
  • Golden rod (Solidago sp.) yellow
  • Green-headed Coneflower (Rudbeckia lacinata) yellow
  • Hosta sp., white, purple
  • Hyssop (Agastache sp.) blue, warm colors
  • Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracenis) purple
  • Japanese Anemone (Anemone japonica) pink
  • Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum) purple, white seed heads
  • Lantana ‘Dallas Red’, ‘Evita Orange’, ‘Evita Rose’
  • Lisianthus 'Voyage Pink' pink
  • Lisianthus 'Voyage Champagne' pale yellow
  • (Lithodrora diffusa) blue
  • Lungwort (Pulmonaria saccharata) blue
  • Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera) yellow/brown
  • Hairy Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum pilosum) white/ gray
  • Narrow Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum tenuifolium) white/ gray
  • Obedient Plant (Physotegia virginiana) white
  • Pink Mallow (Malva moschata) pink
  • Rose Campion (Lychnis coronaria) pink or white
  • Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos) pink
  • Rue (Ruta graveolens) chartreuse
  • Salvia ‘Indigo Spires’ (Salvia farinacea X longispicata) indigo
  • Salvia (Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’) red & white & (Salvia greggii) red, pink
  • Scented geraniums-small pink, lavender flowers
  • Sedum (Sedum X) yellow, pink
  • Shasta daisy (Chrysanthemum X superbum) white
  • Soapwort (Saponaria ocymoides) pink
  • Spotted Dead Nettle (Lanium macultum) variegated foliage
  • Stokes’ Aster (Stokesia laevis) blue
  • Sweet Box (Sarcocca confusa) – white fragrant
  • Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) red, white, pink
  • Tartarian Aster (Aster tartaricus) blue
  • Texas Star or Rose Mallow (Hibiscus coccineus) red
  • Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) red, yellow, orange
  • Valerian (Centranthus ruber) red
  • Vervain (Verbena bonariensis) purple
  • Virginia Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana) blue, purple, pink
  • Viper’s Bugloss (Echium vulgare) blue & Viper’s Bugloss (Echium tuberculatum) pink
  • Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) purple
  • Wild Geranium (Geranium pratense) magenta
  • Yarrow (Achillea sp.) yellow, white, pastels

Bulbs, Corms, Rhizomes

While they have many names, Spider lilies or Hurricane lilies or New Bern lilies are a unique feature to our town!
  • Asiatic Lilies (Lilium sp.) reds, yellows, orange, pink
  • Blackberry Lily (Iris domestica) orange speckled, with blackberry like seed pods
  • Crinum lily-pink, white
  • Elephant Ear (Colocasia) ‘Black Coral’, ‘Hawaiian Punch’
  • Fall Crocus (Colchicum sp.) Pink
  • Formosa lily (Lilium formosum) white
  • Ginger Lily (Hedychium coronarium) white, yellow, orange
  • Gloriosa Lily (Gloriosa superba) yellow, red
  • New Bern Lily (Lycoris radiate) red sans foliage
  • Oriental Lily (Lilium oriental ‘Rubrum’)
  • Oxblood or Schoolhouse Lily (Rhodophiala bifida)- red
  • Pineapple Lily (Eucomis comosa ‘Sparkling Burgundy’) - burgundy
  • Pink Rain Lily (Habranthus robustus) pink
  • Rain Lily (Zephyranthes sp.) pink, white
  • Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum or P. multiflorum) variegated foliage, white blooms
  • Toad Lily (Tricyrtis hirta) pink, purple

Flowering Vines

  • 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
  • Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis terniflora) white
  • Trumpet Vine (Campsis grandiflora) orange
  • Vinca (Vinca minor) blue

Roses

  • Drift Roses (Rosa 'Meigalpio')
  • Knock out Roses (Rosa ‘RADrazz’)
  • Old Blush Rose (Rosa chinensis) pink
  • Heirloom Roses: ‘Safrano’ – yellow; ‘Marie Van Houtte’ – white; ‘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

Trees and Shrubs

Rose of Sharon is actually a Hibiscus species that is particularly well adapted to our area and one of the best heirloom shrubs!
  • Glossy Abelia (Abelia grandiflora) pink, white
  • Azaleas, Encore (Rhodendron Hybrid) (‘Autumn Amethyst’(lavender), ‘Autumn Angel’(white), ‘Autumn Chiffon’(pink))
  • Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) purple berries, pink blooms
  • Bush Clover (Lespedeza sp.) fuschia pink
  • Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii) purple
  • Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) white
  • Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus) blue
  • Chinese Mahonia (Mahonia fortunei) yellow
  • Crape Myrtles (Lagerstroemia sp) pink, white, purple, red
  • Encore Azaleas (Rhodendron Hybrid) red, fuchsia, white
  • Fringetree (Chinonanthus retusus) blue drupes
  • Fragrant Osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans) yellow
  • Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides) white, fragrant
  • Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) blue, pink
  • Lacecap Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla normalis) pink, blue
  • Oak-leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) white, white to pink to red
  • Pomegranate (Punica granata) coral, orange blooms, fruit
  • Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia) leaves beginning to fall, look for Buckeyes
  • Rosemary, (Rosmarinus officinale) white, lavender
  • Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) white with red, pink, purple
  • Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) white, fragrant
  • Spanish Bayonet (Yucca aloifolia) white
  • Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana) white, slight fragrance
  • Tea plant (Camellia sinenses) white
  • Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummuondii) red
  • Variegated Hydrangea (Hydrangea X) white-pink
  • Weiglia (Weiglia florida) pink and white

Kitchen Garden:

  • Carrots, parsley, Swiss chard, artichoke, cardoon, strawberries, leeks, onions, mints, oregano, thyme, salad burnet, yarrow, chamomile, basil, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, okra, peas, heliotrope, beans, garlic, muskmelons, watermelons, roselle, cotton, popcorn, figs, summer squash, patty pan squash, apples, sunflowers
  • Cover crops are being planted for overwintering. Fall vegetables are going in.
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Hadley Cheris
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