February Blooms Tryon Palace Bloom Blog

Welcome to February, where the weather is ridiculous, the temperature is made up and the season doesn’t matter. It’s been a wild, whacky winter so far, swinging between mild spring days and the bitter cold of winter. We’ve just finally finished tidying up the gardens — a truly never-ending task, but at least a little more complete.

This coming week we are looking forward to around 6,500 little babies (plants) coming in so we are excitedly clearing out and cleaning up the greenhouse and nursery. These plants will fill our gardens from spring to fall, and some will even be for sale at our Spring Heritage Plant Sale (April 7-8). Between this exciting start and little tulip bulbs poking out their first leaves, we’re starting to get a little cranky when the weather changes back to its proper winter feel (30 degrees is just not a number I love). We’ve been using these lovely 60 and 70 degree days to do some much needed clean up outside, build a few new storage areas and start figuring out design plans for this year. Many of our gardens are getting facelifts come spring and we’ve just planted many of our spring veggies in the greenhouse.

Tulip bulbs beginning to poke out in the Latham Garden

Our first garden behind the scenes tour on Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. will feature a few new additions to the winter landscape as the crocus and an assortment of daffodils continue to bloom. It’s also a great time to show off some of our more unusual winter bloomers!

Happy Gardening!

Hadley Cheris

Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager


Pansies in the Carraway Garden
  • Annual Phlox (Phlox drummondii), mix
  • Dusty Miller “Silver Dust,” gray
  • English Daisy “Habanera Mix” (Bellis)
  • Forget Me Nots “Mon Amie Blue” (Myosotis)
  • Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) Sonnet Mix, Montego Sunset, Candy Showers Mix
  • Stock Harmony Mix
  • Sweet William (Dianthus), Telstar Mix
  • Ornamental Kale — Bor Scarlet, Kamome White
  • Violas: Sorbet XP Mix, Admire Mix Maxi, Penny Peach Jump Up
  • Pansies: Matrix Mixes: Sunrise, Solar Flare, Red Blotch; Cool Wave Spreading Mix; Frizzle Sizzle Mix


Hellebore in the Latham Garden
  • Bears foot Hellebore (Helleborus foetidus), yellowish
  • Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens), white
  • Cape Leadwort (Plumbago capensis), blue
  • Carnation (Dianthus sp.), various
  • Creeping Veronica (Veronica umbrosa), blue
  • Crocus (Crocus sp.), yellow, white, purple
  • Daffodils, Jonquils (Narcissus sp.), yellow, white
  • Hellebore (Helleborus X orientalis), pink, white
  • Ornamental Grass (Miscanthus sp.), red seed head
  • Paperwhite Narcissus (Narcissus papyraceus), white
  • Poet’s Laurel (Danae racemes), orange berries

Flowering Trees and Shrubs

Camellias in the Stanly House Garden
  • Camellia (Camellia japonica) cultivars: “Pink Perfection” pink, double; “Professor Sargent,” deep rose, double; “Debutante,” clear, light pink; “Lady Clare,” carmine rose, semi-double; “Alba plena,” white with pink cast; “Lovely Surprise,” pink; “Dr. Tinsley,” pink, semi-double
  • Cornelian Cherry (Cornus mas), yellow
  • First Breath of Spring or Winter Honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima), white
  • Flowering Apricot (Prunus mume), pink
  • Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles speciosa), apricot pink, red
  • Fragrant Winter Sweet (Chimonanthus praecox), yellow
  • Himalayan Sweetbox (Sarcococca hookerana), white, black drupe
  • Hollies (Ilex sp.), white
  • Leatherleaf Viburnum (Viburnum rhytophyllum), white
  • Laurustinus (Viburnum tinus), pink to white
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), purple
  • Tea plant (Camellia sinenses), white/yellow
  • Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorium), yellow
  • Witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana), yellow to reddish brown
(From left to right) Laurustinus, Cornelian Cherry, and Flowering Quince

Wildflowers & Bee Food

  • Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule), lavender
  • Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), yellow

Berries and seeds: Bird Food

Poet's Laurel in the Wilderness Garden
  • Hollies (Ilex sp.)
  • Yaupon (I. vomitoria), red, yellow
  • Winterberry (I. verticillata), red
  • Dahoon (I. cassine), red
  • Dwarf Burford Holly (Ilex cornuta), red berries
  • Nandina (Nandina domestica), red, yellow
  • Japanese Fatsia (Fatsia japonica), green to black
  • Poet’s Laurel (Danae racemosa), orange-red

Kitchen Garden

  • Cover Crops: Clover (white and crimson), Oats, and Rye
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