May Blooms at Tryon Palace

Happy May! Hoping you’re enjoying the unseasonably cooler weather- my mom keeps telling me to be grateful because it could so easily be 100 degrees! We’ve been keeping quite busy over the last month, during our public closure and social distancing, and working to switch out our gardens to summer annuals! We’ve got 5 new varieties of begonias, celosia, marigolds, pentas, gazanias and MORE to welcome you back when we’re able to reopen!

A freshly planted Carraway Garden Bed

In the meantime, we’re also prepping for summer as a whole, with lots of weeding and mowing beginning in the last few weeks! An ironic twist of our month plus closure is that we’ve actually noticed weeds in paths that are normally cleared by visitors’ footsteps- so rest assured, we are VERY much missing you too! Please stay turned to our social media and website, we’re working on a few garden features each week to keep you in touch digitally until we can all safely return!

If you’re already getting cabin fever and wanting future plans, we are always looking for volunteers for planting, raking, mowing, mulching, weeding. It’s a great way to learn some gardening tips and tricks, especially for our area! If you’re interested in volunteering with us in the future (once we reopen to the public!), 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


Freshly planted summer annuals are awaiting your return!
  • Annual Phlox (Phlox drummondii) mix
  • Basil, multiple varieties- lavender, white, dark purple
  • Cardinal Basil- massive purple flower heads
  • Batchelor’s Buttons (Centaurea cyanus) blue
  • Begonias: ‘Baby Wing Mix’; ‘AmeriHybrid Roseform’ Yellow and Pink; ‘Tophat White with Green Leaf’; ‘Big Rose with Green Leaf’
  • California Poppy (Escholzia californica) yellow
  • Calocephalus “Bed Head”
  • Celosia ‘Century Mix’
  • Coleus ‘Kong Mix Empire’, ‘Chocolate Covered Cherry’, ‘Pineapple Surprise’, ‘Wizard Coral Sunrise’
  • Cuphea ‘Sriacha Rose’; FloriGlory Diana; Dynamite, ‘Pink Shimmer’
  • 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’, ‘Enorma Mix’
  • Gerbera ‘Revolution Mix Select’, ‘Floriline Maxi Mix’
  • Gomphrena ‘Buddy Purple’
  • Johnny-jump-up (Viola tricolor) purple and yellow
  • Marigolds- Hot Pak Orange, Durango Mix
  • Pentas- Butterfly Red, Butterfly White, Butterfly Deep Rose; Graffiti Lipstick
  • Salvia farinacea ‘Victoria White’, ‘Victoria Blue’, ‘Evolution Violet Blue’
  • Torenia ‘Kauai Rose’
  • Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) various
  • Sweet William (Dianthus) Telstar Mix; red, white, pink
  • Zinnias- ‘Profusion Orange’, ‘Profusion Cherry Bicolor’; multiple varieties


Comfrey is a great self- mulching groundcover with delicate bell shaped blooms
  • Amsonia (Amsonia tabernaemontana and A. hubrichtii) blue, lavender
  • Bath’s Pink (Dianthus gratianopolitanus) pink
  • Barrenwort (Epimedium grandiflorum) yellow
  • Baptisia ‘Carolina Moonlight’ (Baptisia sphae rocarpa x alba ‘Carolina Moonlight’) yellow
  • Bearsfoot Hellebore (Helleborus foetidus) yellowish
  • Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) blue
  • Carolina Lupine (Thermopsis villosa) yellow
  • Catchfly (Silene carolinianum) pink
  • Carnation (Dianthus sp.) various
  • Catmint (Nepeta faassenii) blue
  • Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) red/yellow & (Aquilegia vulgare) rose, purple, white spurs
  • Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) blue
  • Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) various
  • Coral Bells (Heuchera sp.) variety of leaf colors, blooms white or pink
  • Creeping Veronica (Veronica umbrosa) blue
  • English Daisy (Bellis perennis) white, pink
  • Daisy, Ox-Eye (Leucanthemum vulgare); Shasta (Chrysanthemum X superbum) white
  • (Lithodrora diffusa) blue
  • Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ & ‘Sparkle White’) pink, white
  • Indigo, Blue Wild (Baptisia australis) blue & White Wild (Baptisia alba) white
  • Lantana ‘Dallas Red’, ‘Evita Orange’, ‘Evita Rose’
  • Lenten Rose (Helleborus X orientalis) pink, white
  • Lungwort (Pulmonaria saccharata) blue
  • Mazus (Mazus reptans ‘alba’) white
  • Mountain pinks (Phlox subulata) pink, lavender, white
  • Pinks (Dianthus chinensis) pink
  • Poet’s Laurel (Danae racemes) orange berries
  • Ragged Robin (Lychnis flos-cuculi) pink
  • Rue (Ruta graveolens) chartreuse
  • Salvia (Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’) red & white & (Salvia greggii) red, pink
  • Soapwort (Saponaria ocymoides) pink
  • Spotted Dead Nettle (Lanium macultum) variegated foliage
  • Stokes’ Aster (Stokesia laevis) blue
  • Sweet Box (Sarcocca confusa) – white fragrant
  • Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) red, white, pink
  • Valerian (Centranthus ruber) red
  • Virginia Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana) blue, purple, pink
  • Wallflowers (Cheiranthus allionii) orange
  • Wild Geranium (Geranium pratense) magenta

Bulbs, Corms, Rhizomes

It's been an incredible spring for irises! I'd highly encourage adding any variety to your garden!
  • Asiatic Lilies (Lilium sp.) reds, yellows, orange, pink
  • Daylilies (Hemerocallis sp.) variety
  • Elephant Ear (Colocasia) ‘Black Coral’, ‘Hawaiian Punch’
  • Gladiolus specie byzantinus
  • Ground Orchid (Bletilla striata) purple or white
  • Iris:

Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) variety

Bearded Iris “Immortality” white, reblooming

Cemetery Iris (Iris schreekuppe) white

Japanese Iris (Iris ensata) white

Japanese roof iris (Iris tectorum) white, purple

Louisiana Iris (Iris hexagona) purple, pink, black

Siberian Iris (Iris siberica) purple

Yellow Flag Iris (Iris pseudacorus) yellow

  • Poppy Anemone (Anemone coronaria De Caen) various
  • Ranunculus Tecelote- orange, yellow, red, white
  • Peony (Paeonia sp) variety - white, pink, fuchsia, fragrant
  • Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum or P. multiflorum) variegated foliage, white blooms
  • Windflower (Anemone coronaria) blue, magenta, white

Flowering Vines

Coral honeysuckle is a native all- star vine that grows in a quick but controllable manner and is an absolute NECESSITY if you're gardening for hummingbirds!
  • Clematis (Clematis sp.) purple, white, lavendar
  • Confederate Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) white, fragrant
  • Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sumpervirens) native, red and yellow
  • Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata) orange
  • Vinca (Vinca minor) blue


  • Drift Roses (Rosa 'Meigalpio')
  • 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

We were all surprised with the plethora of succulent-like tiny blooms for the FIRST time on this Henry Anise Tree in the Wilderness Garden
  • Anise Tree (Illicium floridanum) reddish
  • Arrowwood Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum) white
  • Blackhaw or Walter Viburnum (Viburum obovatum)
  • Carolina Silverbell (Halesia caroliniana) creamy white
  • Chinese Snowball (Viburnum macrocephalum ‘Sterile’) greenish white
  • Deutzia (Deutzia sp.) white
  • Dogwood (Cornus florida) white
  • Elderberry (Sambucus sp.) white
  • Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus) white, native
  • Henry Anise Tree (Illicium henryii) pink
  • Hollies (Ilex sp.) cream
  • Japanese Snowbell (Styrax japonicas) white
  • Judd’s Viburnum (Viburnum judii) pink, fragrant
  • Kerria (Kerria japonica pleniflora) Double yellow
  • Kerria (Kerria japonica) single yellow
  • Lantaphyllum (Viburnum X rhytidophylloides ‘Alleghany’) white
  • Leatherleaf Viburnum (Viburnum rhytophyllum) white
  • Laurustinus (Viburnum tinus) pink to white
  • Mockorange (Philadelphus coronaries) white
  • Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) white, white to pink to red
  • Pawpaw (Asimina triloba)
  • Japanese Pieris (Pieris japonica) white
  • Pineapple Guava (Feijoa sellowiana) pink with red
  • Pomegranate (Punica granata) coral
  • Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia)
  • Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia) small white
  • Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) white, fragrant
  • Sweet Betsy or Sweet Shrub (Calycanthus florida) rusty red

Kitchen Garden:

Artichokes come in many different varieties outside of the regular "Green Globe", shown on left
  • Beets, carrots, lettuce, kale, parsley, Swiss chard, spinach, arugula, fava beans, artichoke, cardoon, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, collards, parsley, Swiss chard, spinach, strawberries, leeks, onions, mints, oregano, thyme, salad burnet, yarrow, chamomile, basil, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, okra, peas, heliotrope, beans, summer squash
Created By
Hadley Cheris