SeptemberBlooms AT tRYON pALACE

I ADORE Fall. From the change in heat and humidity, to the rise of pumpkin coffee, pie everywhere, and scarf weather, fall is by far my favorite season. The fact that it also incorporates the return of football, the State Fair and Plant Sale make it a trifecta for me. With that said, I have just started to learn to love fall plants in the last few years- asters rank high on my list now, partially due to my honeybees. Some of my favorite salvias, like the Mexican Sage, really come into their own now too.

Look for the fluorescent red blooms of the New Bern Lily (Lycoris radiate) in the Wilderness and Carraway Gardens. Also the Oxblood or Schoolhouse Lily (Rhodophiala bifida) with large blood red blooms in the Stoney and Dot Tyler Gardens. Like their sisters, the Naked Ladies, who graced us in August, Lycoris and Rhodophiala bloom sans foliage which will appear later in the season. The false sunflowers in the Wilderness have spent all summer shooting up to show off their yellow blooms- there’s something remarkable about a plant that invest so much energy into big green growth for such dainty yellow flowers.

We’ve just planted 9,000 “baby plants” for the gardens, plant sale and the NCHC store. These include violas, pansies, and perennials. Our Behind the Scenes gardens tours have new fall dates once a month through Nov. The gardens will be in transition over the next few weeks making room for new things. The summer annuals, which are beginning to look tired, will be culled to make way for mums in time for Mumfest in October. The kitchen garden is being transitioned to cover crops and a few fall items.

We’ve got plenty of work to do in the gardens and we always love more help. Our volunteers are the absolute reason that we are able to accomplish as much as we do. We especially need help mowing and raking magnolia leaves. We’re also starting to switch out our gardens for mums. If you’d like to volunteer with us, please contact me at or 252-639-3560!

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

Our upcoming free garden lecture September 16 at 10 am in Cullman Hall features Jennifer Knight, local landscaper and gardener, focusing on traditional ENC plantings and a sneak peek at plant sale options

Our Fall Plant Sale is October 13 & 14 from 9-5, during Garden Lovers weekend, featuring free gardens admission October 13-15. We’ll have perennials, shrubs, trees and HONEY from our Tryon Palace bees! Come early to get your favorites!

Happy Gardening!

Hadley Cheris, Gardens and Greenhouse Manager, Tryon Palace


  • Angelonia ‘Serena Mix WaterFall’ ‘Serenita Mix’
  • 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 Empire Mix’
  • Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) orange, yellow
  • Cuphea ‘Sriacha Rose’
  • Dahlia ‘Figaro Mix’
  • Dusty Miller ‘Silver Dust’
  • Euphorbia ‘Glitz’- white
  • Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana sp) various
  • Gazania ‘Enorma Mix’
  • 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 ‘Purple Baron’
  • Pentas- ‘Graffiti’ - Violet, Lipstick, Pink, Mix
  • Salvia coccinea ‘Summer Jewel White’ ‘Summer Jewel Red’
  • Salvia farinacea ‘Fairy Queen’, ‘Evolution Blue’
  • Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) various
  • Sunflowers (Helianthus sp.) various colors of yellow and red
  • Vinca ‘Cora Cascade Mix’
  • Zinnias- multiple varieties

Kitchen Garden:

Garlic Chives along Kitchen Garden fence

Pears, apples, figs, sunflowers, garlic chives, onions, garlic, mints, cardinal basil, oregano, thyme, salad burnet, pineapple sage, garden sage, ‘Munstead’ lavender, basil, beans, popcorn, pumpkin.

Bulbs, Corms and Rhizomes:

  • Asiatic Lilies (Lilium sp.) reds, yellows, orange
  • Blackberry Lily (Iris domestica) orangle 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
  • 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
  • Toad Lily (Tricyrtis hirta) pink, purple

Flowering Vines

  • Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sumpervirens) native, red and yellow
  • Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata)
  • Morning Glory (Ipomoea tricolor) blue, magenta
  • Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis terniflora) white
  • Trumpet Vine (Campsis grandiflora) orange


Fall Aster- a pollinator favorite
  • 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
  • Bronze Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) yellow
  • Bush Clover (Lespedeza virginica) pink
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Obedient Plant (Physotegia virginiana) white
  • Patrinia (Patrinia scabiosaefolia) yellow
  • Pink Mallow (Malva moschata) pink
  • Rose Campion (Lychnis coronaria) pink or white
  • Rose mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos) pink
  • Rue (Ruta graveolens) chartreuse
  • 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, pastels


  • 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 (Callicarpa americana) pink, purple berries
  • 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
  • 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
  • Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummuondii) red
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Hadley Cheris

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