OctoberBlooms AT tRYON pALACE

We’re really looking forward to this month- from the changing gardens and weather to a break from what’s been a literally disastrous September- we’re ready for fall- and the end of hurricane season. New Bern and Eastern North Carolina were hit by a horrific hurricane (looking at you, Florence) in mid- September and the whole town has done a collective gasp- both in horror at the destruction and in unity at our determination to overcome this. The gardens were very lucky to avoid most of the damage and just have a lot of debris. We lost approximately 15 trees but were very fortunate that our winter annuals and our beehives survived.

Some of the debris, flooding and tree damage on site- the saddest part of these pictures is that the damage we had was small compared to so many people lost everything

We’ve started a Hurricane Florence Recovery fund, through the Tryon Palace Foundation, which will be used to help Tryon Palace recover and remain a beacon of New Bern’s strength. Additionally, 20% of all funds received for hurricane recovery will be donated to the New Bern Relief Fund to help New Bern recover from this devastating storm. If you are interested in helping New Bern as a whole, you can also directly donate to the New Bern Relief Fund. Our town and Tryon Palace are doing all we can to return to “normal”, but there are many people who have lost everything. Anything you can do to help is so appreciated.

Our gardens are still changing seasonally, with our fall mums having just been installed into the Carraway, Latham and Dixon gardens. Our garden staff are busy working in preparation for the Fall Heritage Plant Sale Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13. 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 pansies and snapdragons 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.

Come see our fall mum display- or help us change it to violas and tulips!

If you’ve been debating volunteering with us or learning more about gardens, this time of year is a GREAT season to come out and join us! The weather gets better every week and we’ve got lots of garden projects. We’ll be switching out our gardens to plant new bulbs and add violas. Look for opportunities in November to help with Holiday Decorating too! If you’d like to volunteer with us, please contact me at Hadley.cheris@ncdcr.gov or 252-639-3560!

Join us at our make- up September Garden lecture and get a sneak peek on what's coming for Fall Plant Sale

Our MAKE-UP garden lecture will be October 6 at 2pm in Cullman Hall features Jennifer Knight, local landscaper and gardener, focusing on plants best adapted to face the weather challenges of Eastern North Carolina with a sneak peek of the plants available at the Tryon Palace Fall Plant Sale. This is especially timely considering we now know what makes it through a hurricane AND a rough winter.

If you’d like the in-person “what’s blooming in the garden”, the gardens will be free during Garden Lovers Weekend October 12-14. There will also be a Behind the Scenes tour in the garden October 30 starting at the Waystation at 2pm!

Our Fall Plant Sale is October 12 & 13 from 9-5, during Garden Lovers weekend, featuring free gardens admission October 12-14. We’ll have perennials, shrubs, trees and HONEY from our Tryon Palace bees! Come early to get your favorites!

Hope you weathered the storm and can soon return to "Happy Gardening"!

Hadley Cheris, Gardens and Greenhouse Manager, Tryon Palace


Celosia or cockscomb and marigolds provide bright fall colors through til frost
  • Annual Phlox (Phlox drummondii) mix
  • Basil, multiple varieties- lavender, white
  • Balsam (Impatiens balsamina) mix
  • Begonia Non- Stop ‘Mocca Mix’- warm colors
  • California Poppy (Escholzia californica) yellow
  • Coleus ‘Kong Jr Green Halo’, ‘Kong Jr Rose”
  • Celosia ‘Century Mix’, ‘Dragon’s Breath’
  • Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) orange, yellow
  • Cuphea ‘Sriacha Rose’
  • Dahlia ‘Figaro Mix’
  • Dianthus- Super Parfait Raspberry, Zing Rose
  • Dusty Miller ‘Silver Dust’
  • Euphorbia ‘Glitz’- white
  • Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana sp) various
  • Gazania ‘Enorma Mix’, ‘Pink Shades’, ‘Colorado’
  • Gerbera ‘Revolution Mix Select’
  • Globe Amaranth (Gomphrena globosa) purple, pink, white,orange
  • Love Lies Bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus)- burgundy
  • Marigolds- variety
  • Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia diversifolia) red and orange
  • Ornamental Millet ‘Jade Princess’
  • Pentas- ‘Lucky Star’ - Violet, White; Butterfly Mix; Graffiti Red Velvet
  • Salvia coccinea ‘Jewel Mix’
  • 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
  • Vinca- Titan Summer Breeze Mix, Cora Mix
  • Wishbone Flower (Torenia founrieri) blue, white, purple
  • Zinnias- multiple varieties

Kitchen Garden:

Apples, pears, garlic chives, mints, cardinal basil, oregano, thyme, salad burnet, pineapple sage, garden sage, roselle, cotton, peanuts basil.

  • Cover crops are being planted for overwintering. Fall vegetables are going in.

Bulbs, Corms and Rhizomes:

These lovely plants have many common names- "New Bern Lily", "Spider Lily" but most timely of all "Hurricane Lily"
  • Asiatic Lilies (Lilium sp.) reds, yellows, orange
  • Blackberry Lily (Iris domestica) orangle speckled, with blackberry like seed pods
  • Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ red
  • Crinum Lily- pink, white
  • Fall Crocus (Colchicum sp.) Pink
  • Formosa lily (Lilium formosum) white
  • Ginger Lily (Hedychium coronarium) white
  • Gloriosa Lily (Gloriosa superba) yellow,red
  • New Bern Lily (Lycoris radiate) red sans foliage
  • Oxblood or Schoolhouse Lily (Rhodophiala bifida)- red
  • Pineapple Lily (Eucomis comosa ‘Sparkling Burgundy’) - burgundy
  • Rain Lily (Zephryanthes sp) pink, white, yellow
  • 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


Pink Mallow is one of the many hibiscus that do well and bloom for a long time in ENC
  • Ageratum/Mistflower (Conoclimium coelestinum) blue
  • Asters (Aster frickarti & Symphyotrichum sp ) blue, pink
  • Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus)- blue, pink, white w/ purple
  • Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) red, pink, fuchsia
  • Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) yellow
  • Blanket Flower (Gaillardia puchella) red + yellow
  • Bog Sage (Salvia uliginosa) light blue
  • Bronze Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) yellow
  • Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) yellow,orange ** May have monarch caterpillars**
  • Cape Leadwort (Plumbago capensis) blue
  • Carolina Phlox (Phlox Carolina ‘Miss Lingard’) white
  • Catmint (Nepeta faassenii) blue
  • Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) blue
  • 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
  • Dahlias- yellow, burgundy, mix
  • English Daisy (Bellis perennis) white, pink
  • Fleabane (Erigeron sp) white
  • False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides) yellow
  • Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum) white
  • Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ & ‘Sparkle White’) pink, white
  • Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata)- ‘David’- white; ‘Eva Cullum’ –pink
  • Giant Coneflower (Rudbeckia maxima) seed heads for birds
  • Golden rod (Solidago sp.) yellow
  • Green-headed Coneflower (Rudbeckia lacinata) yellow
  • Hosta sp. - white
  • Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracenis) purple
  • Japanese Anemone (Anemone japonica) pink
  • Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum) purple, white seed heads
  • Lantana sp. – yellow, orange, red, pink
  • Lion’s Ear (Leonotus leonurus) orange
  • Liriope sp. blue
  • Lithodrora diffusa- blue
  • Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera) yellow/brown
  • Mealycup Sage (Salvia farinacea) blue
  • Okra Hibiscus (Hibiscus esculentus) coral
  • Patrinia (Patrinia scabiosaefolia) yellow
  • Pineapple sage (Salvia elegans) red
  • Pink Mallow (Malva moschata) pink
  • Purple Heart (Setcreasea pallida)
  • Rose mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos) pink
  • Rue (Ruta graveolens) chartreuse
  • Salvia greggi (Salvia greggii) red
  • Salvia (Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’) red & white & (Salvia greggii) red
  • Salvia ‘Indigo Spires’ (Salvia farinacea X longispicata) indigo
  • Scented geraniums-small pink, lavender flowers
  • Sedum (Sedum X) yellow, pink
  • Shasta daisy (Chrysanthemum X superbum) white
  • Soapwort (Saponaria ocymoides) 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
  • Tickseed (Coreopsis lanceolata) yellow
  • Virginia Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana) blue
  • Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) purple
  • Wild Geranium (Geranium pratense) magenta
  • Yarrow (Achillea sp) yellow, red, white, pastels


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

Trees and Shrubs

Beautyberry is a great year- round plant but they really shine in fall
  • Glossy Abelia (Abelia grandiflora) pink, white
  • Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) white, pink, purple berries
  • Bush Clover (Lespedeza sp.) fuschia pink
  • Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) white
  • Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii) purple, white, lavender
  • Chinese Mahonia (Mahonia fortunei) yellow
  • Crape Myrtles (Lagerstroemia sp) pink, white, red, lavender
  • Encore Azaleas (Rhodendron Hybrid) red, fuchsia, white
  • Fringetree (Chinonanthus retusus) blue drupes
  • Fragrant Osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans) yellow **Smells AMAZING**
  • 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
  • Spanish bayonet (Yucca aloifolia) white
  • Tea plant (Camellia sinenses) white
  • Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummuondii) red
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