November Blooms at Tryon Palace

It’s bulb planting season around the Palace! The mums are 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. The gardens are blooming still and it's the PERFECT weather to visit! 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!

We had a wonderful Fall Plant Sale much in part due to YOU- we appreciate everyone who came out and supported us! If you're still looking for plants- especially winter annuals like snapdragons, violas and dianthus, check out the NCHC museum store for available selections!

If you're ready to get in the holiday mood- join us for our November Friday Friday Lecture- November 1 at 2pm. I'll be discussing a behind the scenes glimpse of the inspiration and work that goes into making Candlelight such a treasured part of Tryon Palace since 1979. We'll also be discussing plant origin stories as part of our Candlelight theming this year!

Join us Nov 9 at 10am for a GREAT LECTURE and book signing opportunity with Kelly Norris!

Go ahead and mark your calendars for our November 9th Garden Lecture! After several years of trying to reserve him, renowned national plantsman Kelly Norris will join us presenting “Plants with Style”! In this spirited, provocative lecture, Kelly Norris calls for a garden revolution. Out with boring plants and in with stylish alternatives that captivate and enthrall! A passionate horticulturist and lifelong gardener, Kelly is the ideal guide to the botanical riches available to today’s gardeners. Along the way, he shows you how to forge a personal style in harmony with your garden’s setting and local environment. As Kelly puts it, “A garden is the best way to savor life on earth.” A book signing will follow at the NCHC Museum Store.

Join us Wednesday, November 27, for a tour of the first floor of the Governor's Palace, with a focus on the decorations for the upcoming "Christmas Belles: A Candlelight Christmas Celebration”, describing the special items used in the decorations, sharing design tips, and explaining themes inspired by an 18th-century fascination with the East. Ticket holders must meet their guide at the front gates at 9:15 a.m. Discovering Tryon Palace: Holiday Decor Tours will also take place on December 4, 11, and 18.

We’ve got plenty of work to do in the gardens and we always love more help. We’re finishing switching out our gardens early this month for bulbs and winter annuals. If you’re interested in joining us for holiday decorating- we have two shifts each day at the following times: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Wednesday, November 13 through Friday, November 22 (excluding Saturday and Sunday). If you’d like to come and work in the garden with us, please contact me at Hadley.cheris@ncdcr.gov or 252-639-3560!

We hope to see you soon! Happy Gardening,

Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager


This sea of color, courtesy of violas and pansies, is coming to gardens at the Palace in November!
  • Annual Phlox (Phlox drummondii) mix
  • Balsam (Impatiens balsamina) mix
  • Basil, multiple varieties- lavender, white, dark purple
  • Batchelor’s Buttons (Centaurea cyanus) blue
  • California Poppy (Escholzia californica) yellow
  • Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) orange, yellow, pinks
  • Cuphea ‘Sriacha Rose’; FloriGlory Diana; Dynamite
  • Dianthus- Super Parfait Raspberry, Zing Rose
  • Dusty Miller ‘Silver Dust’
  • Gazania ‘Tiger Mix’, ‘Pink Shades’, ‘Colorado’, ‘Sunny Side Up’, ‘New Magic’, ‘New Day Yellow’
  • Johnny-jump-up (Viola tricolor) purple and yellow
  • Marigolds- Hot Pak, Fireball, SuperHero Harmony
  • Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia diversifolia) red and orange
  • Salvia farinacea ‘Victoria White’, ‘Victoria Blue’, ‘Evolution Blue’
  • Salvia coccinea ‘Jewel Mix’
  • 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

Bulbs, Corms and Rhizomes

Ginger lilies are a beautiful, fragrant spreading bulb that blooms late into the fall.
  • Bearded Iris "Immortality"
  • Blackberry Lily (Iris domestica) orange speckled, with blackberry like seed pods
  • Crinum lily-pink,white
  • Fall Crocus (Colchicum sp.) Pink
  • Ginger Lily (Hedychium coronarium) white, yellow, orange
  • Pineapple Lily (Eucomis comosa ‘Sparkling Burgundy’) – burgundy
  • Rain Lily (Zephryanthes sp) pink, white, yellow
  • Toad Lily (Tricyrtis hirta) pink, purple


Confederate Rose is actually a perennial hibiscus that shoots up 8 ft sturdy stems topped with multicolored peony- like blooms!
  • Ageratum/Mistflower (Conoclimium coelestinum) blue
  • Asters (Aster frickarti & Symphyotrichum sp ) blue, pink
  • Balloon Milkweed (Gomphocarpus physocarpus) white blooms, large round prickly balloon fruits ** May have monarch caterpillars**
  • Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) yellow, black seed heads
  • Blanket Flower (Gaillardia puchella) red + yellow
  • Bog Sage (Salvia uliginosa) light blue
  • Bush Clover (Lespedeza virginica) pink
  • Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) yellow, orange, red; pink ** May have monarch catepillars**
  • Calamint (Calamintha nepeta ‘White Cloud’) White
  • Callirhoe involucrata pink
  • Cape Leadwort (Plumbago capensis) blue
  • Carnation (Dianthus sp) various
  • Carolina Phlox (Phlox Carolina ‘Miss Lingard’) white
  • Catmint (Nepeta faassenii) blue
  • Cigar or cigarette flower (Cuphea ignea) red, purple, white. Bees love it!
  • Clara Curtis Mum (Chrysanthemum rubellum) pink
  • Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) purple, black seed heads left for birds
  • Confederate Rose (Hibiscus mutabilis) white to pink
  • Copper Canyon Daisy (Tagetes lemmonii) yellow, scented
  • 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
  • Four o’clocks (Mirabilis jalapa) fuschia, yellow, pinks
  • Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata)- ‘David’- white; ‘Eva Cullum’ –pink
  • Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum) white
  • Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ & ‘Sparkle White’) pink, white
  • Golden rod (Solidago sp.) yellow
  • Hyssop (Agastache sp.) blue, warm colors
  • Japanese Anemone (Anemone japonica) pink
  • Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum) purple, white seed heads
  • Lantana ‘Dallas Red’, ‘Evita Orange’, ‘Evita Rose’
  • Lion’s Ear (Leonotus leonurus) orange
  • Liriope sp. blue
  • Lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum ‘Voyage II Champagne’) Cream
  • (Lithodrora diffusa) blue
  • Mealycup Sage (Salvia farinacea) blue
  • Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha) fuzzy purple
  • Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera) yellow/brown
  • Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum sp.) Small white flowers
  • Okra Hibiscus (Hibiscus esculentus) coral
  • Patrinia (Patrinia scabiosaefolia) yellow
  • Pineapple sage (Salvia elegans) red
  • Pink Mallow (Malva moschata) pink
  • Purple Heart (Setcreasea pallida)
  • Rose Campion (Lychnis coronaria) pink or white
  • Rose mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos) pink
  • Russian Sage (Pervoskia atr.) Blue
  • Salvia greggi (Salvia greggii) red, pink
  • Salvia (Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’) red & white
  • Sedum (Sedum X) yellow, pink
  • Stokes’ Aster (Stokesia laevis) blue, pink, yellow
  • Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) pink, white ** May have monarch caterpillars**
  • Swamp Sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius) yellow
  • Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) red, white, pink
  • Tatarian Aster (Aster tartaricus) blue
  • Texas Star Mallow (Hibiscus coccineus) red
  • Tickseed (Coreopsis lanceolata) yellow
  • Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) yellow, orange, red ** May have monarch caterpillars**
  • Vervain (Verbena bonariensis) purple
  • Virginia Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana) blue
  • Yarrow (Achillea fillipendula ‘Gold Dust’) yellow, white, pastels

Flowering Vines

  • Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sumpervirens) native, red and yellow
  • Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata)
  • Morning Glory (Ipomoea purpurea ‘Grandpa Ott’) purple
  • Morning Glory (Ipomoea tricolor) blue with white throat
  • Trumpet Vine (Campsis grandiflora) orange


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

Trees and Shrubs

Sasanqua camellias are an excellent late fall/ early winter blooming shrub that also attract pollinators!
  • Abelia (Abelia grandiflora) pink, white
  • Azaleas, Encore (Rhodendron Hybrid) (‘Autumn Amethyst’(lavender), ‘Autumn Angel’(white), ‘Autumn Chiffon’(pink))
  • Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) pink
  • 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) look for Buckeye "fruits"
  • Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) white with red, pink, purple
  • Tea plant (Camellia sinenses) white
  • Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummuondii) red
  • Winterberry (Ilex verticilliata) red berries

Kitchen Garden:

  • Winter squash, patty pan squash, roselle, cotton, peanuts, sweet potatoes, celery, apples, peppers, eggplant, popcorn, okra, watermelons, sunflowers, melons, stevia, figs, onions, basil, mints, oregano, thyme, salad burnet, garden sage, ‘Munstead’ lavender
  • Cover crops are being planted for overwintering. Fall vegetables are going in.
Created By
Hadley Cheris