November Blooms at Tryon Palace

Happy November- the month of my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving! We're particularly thankful to all of you who came out and supported our Fall Plant Sale making it our best fall sale ever (even during COVID)! If you weren't able to get a plant you wanted or you need just a couple (or 5) more, please shoot me an email at hadley.cheris@ncdcr.gov with your name, contact info and the plants you're looking for and we'll do our best to get them in!

It’s bulb planting season around the Palace! The mums are still blooming but on the way 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 still bursting with perennial colors- the swamp sunflowers have been particularly bright yellow and the purple asters are flush with pollinators! The ornamental grasses are still in their prime and the sasanqua Camellias have just started to bloom! Our last fall Behind the Scenes tour in the garden is November 3 starting at the Waystation at 2pm. Join us and get a more detailed look at what’s blooming in the gardens and some of our favorite plants!

Pollinators on purple aster

November also starts a new kind of busy for us with the arrival of holiday decorating and Holiday Cheer preparations! Join us Wednesday, November 25, on a tour of the Governor's Palace focused on the decorations for the upcoming "Holiday Cheer" celebration, describing the special items used in the decorations, designing tips and the pieces’ theming for this year’s holiday decor. Ticket holders must meet their guide at the front gates at 10:30 a.m. Discovering Tryon Palace: Holiday Decor Tours will also take place on December 2, 9, and 16.

Join us for Holiday Decor Tours, starting Wednesday Nov 25

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.

We hope to see you soon! Happy Gardening,

Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager


Snapdragons, violas and pansies provide bright winter cheer with blooms producing almost 6 months of color!
  • 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
  • California Poppy (Escholzia californica) yellow
  • Calocephalus “Bed Head”
  • 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 Kale “Bor Scarlet”, “Songbird Mix”
  • Gazania ‘Tiger Mix’, ‘Pink Shades’, ‘Colorado’, ‘Sunny Side Up’, ‘New Magic’, ‘New Day Yellow’, ‘Enorma Mix’
  • Gerbera ‘Revolution Mix Select’, ‘Floriline Maxi Mix’
  • Globe Amaranth (Gomphrena globosa) purple, pink, white,orange
  • Gomphrena ‘Buddy Purple’
  • Johnny-jump-up (Viola tricolor) purple and yellow
  • Love Lies Bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus)- burgundy
  • Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia diversifolia) red and orange
  • Pansies: Cats Mix; Matrix Mix Sunrise; Delta Premium Mix
  • 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’
  • Violas: Sorbet: Mix XP, Mix Ocean Breeze; Admire Maxi Mix; Penny: Mix All Seasons, White Blotch; Viola Frizzle Sizzle Mini Mix
  • Zinnias- ‘Profusion Orange’, ‘Profusion Cherry Bicolor’; multiple varieties


Perennials, like pink muhly grass and milkweed, do the majority of the fall color display work!
  • 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
  • Spotted Bee Balm (Monarda punctata) purple
  • Betony “Hummelo” purple
  • Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) yellow
  • Blanket Flower (Gaillardia puchella) red + yellow
  • Bog Sage (Salvia uliginosa) light blue
  • Bronze Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) yellow
  • Bush Clover (Lespedeza virginica) pink
  • Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) blue
  • Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) yellow,orange ***May have Monarch Caterpillars***
  • Calamint (Calamintha nepeta ‘White Cloud’) White
  • Callirhoe/ Purple Poppy Mallow- purple
  • Cape Leadwort (Plumbago capensis) blue
  • Carnation (Dianthus sp.) various
  • Catmint (Nepeta faassenii) blue
  • Cigar or cigarette flower (Cuphea ignea) red, purple, white. Bees love it!
  • Clara Curtis Mum (Chrysanthemum rubellum) pink
  • Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) blue
  • Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) various
  • 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
  • Fleabane (Erigeron sp) white
  • 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
  • Okra Hibiscus (Hibiscus esculentus) coral
  • Ornamental Grasses (Various species)
  • 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
  • Rue (Ruta graveolens) chartreuse
  • Russian Sage (Pervoskia atr.) Blue
  • 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
  • Stokes’ Aster (Stokesia laevis) blue
  • Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) pink, white ** May have monarch caterpillars**
  • Swamp sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius) yellow
  • 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
  • Wild Geranium (Geranium pratense) magenta
  • Yarrow (Achillea sp.) yellow, white, pastels

Bulbs, Corms, Rhizomes

"Immortality" Bearded Iris lives up to its name providing blooms well into the cool winter months!
  • Bearded Iris "Immortality" white
  • 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
  • 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
  • Trumpet Vine (Campsis grandiflora) orange
  • Vinca (Vinca minor) blue


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

Trees and Shrubs

Sasanqua camellias are a perfect garden addition providing evergreen foliage, long fall-spring bloom times and pollinator forage- as shown by this fly on the left!
  • 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
  • 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, white to pink to red
  • Pomegranate (Punica granata) coral, orange blooms, fruit
  • Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia) leaves beginning to fall, look for Buckeyes
  • 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:

  • Carrots, parsley, Swiss chard, 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, sweet potatoes, winter squash, patty pan squash, apples, sunflowers
  • Cover crops are being planted for overwintering. Fall vegetables are going in.
Created By
Hadley Cheris