October Blooms at Tryon Palace

Happy Fall- It’s officially October!! Even though the fall temps haven’t quite arrived, we’re excited about the garden changes that are happening! The mums have 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 11 and Saturday, October 12. 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.

We’ve got some amazing new flowers in both bulbs and annuals coming soon, but you’ll still get the short burst of signature fall color from chrysanthemums this month. 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 12-14. There will also be a Behind the Scenes tours in the garden October 22 & 29 starting at the Waystation at 2pm!

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.

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 come and work in the garden with us, please contact me at Hadley.cheris@ncdcr.gov or 252-639-3560!

Our Fall Plant Sale is October 11 &12 from 9-5, during Garden Lovers weekend, featuring free gardens admission October 11-13. We’ll have perennials, shrubs, trees, herbs and MUMS! Come early to get your favorites!

We hope to see you soon! Happy Gardening,

Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager


The mums are here and beginning to pop open! Mums can be a great semi- perennial addition in ground or a temporary porch coloring!
  • Angelonia ‘Serena Waterfall Mix’, ‘Serena Mix’
  • Annual Phlox (Phlox drummondii) mix
  • Balsam (Impatiens balsamina) mix
  • Basil, multiple varieties- lavender, white, dark purple
  • Batchelor’s Buttons (Centaurea cyanus) blue
  • Begonia ‘Encore Mix’
  • California Poppy (Escholzia californica) yellow
  • Catchfly (Silene carolinianum) pink
  • Celosia ‘Century Mix’, ‘Kimono Mix, ‘Fresh Look Mix’
  • Coleus ‘Kong Mix Empire’, ‘Chocolate Covered Cherry’
  • Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) orange, yellow, pinks
  • Cuphea ‘Sriacha Rose’; FloriGlory Diana; Dynamite
  • 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’
  • Gerbera ‘Revolution Mix Select’
  • Johnny-jump-up (Viola tricolor) purple and yellow
  • Marigolds- Hot Pak, Fireball, SuperHero Harmony
  • Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia diversifolia) red and orange
  • MUMS- Red, Yellow, Orange, White, Purple
  • Pentas- Butterfly Mix; Graffiti Lipstick
  • Salvia farinacea ‘Victoria White’, ‘Victoria Blue’, ‘Evolution Blue’
  • Salvia coccinea ‘Jewel Mix’
  • Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) various
  • Sunflowers (Helianthus sp.) various colors of yellow and red
  • Sweet William (Dianthus) Telstar Mix; red, white, pink
  • Swiss Chard ‘Bright Lights’
  • Vinca- Titan Summer Breeze Mix, Cora White
  • Wishbone Flower (Torenia founrieri) blue, white, purple; “Kauai Rose”
  • Zinnias- multiple varieties

Bulbs, Corms and Rhizomes

Immortality Bearded Iris are a re-blooming white iris that does beautifully in ENC.
  • Asiatic Lilies (Lilium sp.) reds, yellows, orange, pinks
  • Bearded Iris "Immortality"
  • Blackberry Lily (Iris domestica) orange speckled, with blackberry like seed pods
  • Crinum lily-pink,white
  • 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
  • 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


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 Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus) blue, pink, white
  • Balloon Milkweed (Gomphocarpus physocarpus) white blooms, large round prickly balloon fruits ** May have monarch caterpillars**
  • Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) red
  • 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
  • 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
  • Carolina Phlox (Phlox Carolina ‘Miss Lingard’) white
  • Catmint (Nepeta faassenii) blue
  • 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
  • English Daisy (Bellis perennis) white, pink
  • False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides) yellow
  • Fleabane (Erigeron sp) white
  • 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
  • Gayfeathers (Liatris spicata) purple
  • Giant Coneflower (Rudbeckia maxima) yellow
  • Golden rod (Solidago sp.) yellow
  • Green-headed Coneflower (Rudbeckia lacinata) yellow
  • Hosta sp. – white or lavendar
  • 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’
  • Lion’s Ear (Leonotus leonurus) orange
  • Liriope sp. blue
  • Lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum ‘Voyage II Champagne’) Cream
  • (Lithodrora diffusa) blue
  • Lungwort (Pulmonaria saccharata) 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
  • 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 greggi (Salvia greggii) red, pink
  • Salvia (Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’) red & white
  • 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, 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
  • Viper’s Bugloss (Echium vulgare) blue & Viper’s Bugloss (Echium tuberculatum) pink
  • Virginia Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana) blue
  • Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) purple
  • Wild Geranium (Geranium pratense) magenta
  • 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
  • Vinca (Vinca minor) blue


  • 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

Dwarf Pomegranates can provide interesting textures all year long- we'll have them at Fall Plant Sale!
  • Abelia (Abelia grandiflora) pink, white
  • Azaleas, Encore (Rhodendron Hybrid) (‘Autumn Amethyst’(lavender), ‘Autumn Angel’(white), ‘Autumn Chiffon’(pink))
  • Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) pink
  • 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
  • Chinese 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) look for Buckeye "fruits"
  • Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) white with red, pink, purple
  • Spanish Bayonet (Yucca aloifolia) white
  • Tea plant (Camellia sinenses) white
  • Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummuondii) red
  • Weigela (Weigela florida) pink and white

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.
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Hadley Cheris