July Blooms at Tryon Palace

Welcome to July- I have NO idea how we got here so fast! It seems like yesterday was just the beginning of June. We had a wonderful National Pollinator Week and we hope some of you were able to join us during those events! If you didn’t get your fill of pollinators, here’s a few photos from a recent landscape professionals field day at JC Raulston Arboretum!

If you’re looking for a more up-close few of things- the Hawk’s Allee is showing off this month with purple coneflowers in full flower, seemingly never-ending lespedeza blooms, beautiful blue balloon flowers and Formosa lilies just waiting to show off those tall white trumpet blossoms. The bees and butterflies have been loving all of these new blooms in this pollinator prairie so don’t miss it if you’re looking for some great photos!

The kitchen garden is flush with produce as we officially switch into full summer crops and we’re hoping for a good crop of figs in the next few weeks! We’re also looking for an excellent harvest of pears and apples and MAYBE even peaches (gasp!), provided all the stars align correctly as they ripen. Also stay tuned as the cotton in the garden flowers and turns into bolls- it’s a special privilege to grow cotton outside of the farming industry and we’re lucky to have a great relationship with our local plant inspector who helps monitor for pests.

If you haven’t been to the gardens in the last couple of weeks, I’d highly encourage you to stop by for a morning (or a full day)! The blooms really hit their stride as we get this hot weather and we’ve added some amazing new plants across all our gardens.

Join us July 13 for a great lecture on the amazing women in 18th and 19th century botany

Come join us on July 13 for our Tryon Palace Garden Lecture at 10am. Lindy Cummings, Tryon Palace Research Historian, will be discussing “Fair Flowers: Women Botanists in the Age of Enlightenment and Beyond.” 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the introduction of the 19th Amendment, granting universal suffrage rights to women. In celebration of this milestone, the July garden lecture will examine the lives of women who, although denied educational opportunities and legal rights, still made significant contributions to the field of botany in the 18th and 19th centuries. Whether introducing new agricultural staples like rice, as did the young Eliza Lucas in mid-18th century South Carolina or planting the brilliant spider lilies that continue to bloom in New Bern, like Lavinia Cole Roberts, these women overcame social and cultural obstacles to leave their mark on fields traditionally reserved for men.

Don't forget to check out the new summer exhibit open til early August about pollinators and plants! "Buzzing Bees, Blooms, and Garden Friends" is a photography exhibit, by photographer and beekeeper Deana B Marion. It's full of lovely macro images of bees as they forage so don't miss out!

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. 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!

We hope to see you soon! Happy Gardening,

Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager


Marigolds, Vinca and Swiss Chard provide striking annual color
  • 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
  • Coleus ‘Kong Mix Empire’, ‘Chocolate Covered Cherry’
  • Celosia ‘Century Mix’, ‘Kimono Mix, ‘Fresh Look Mix’
  • 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
  • Pentas- Butterfly Mix; Graffiti Lipstick
  • Salvia farinacea ‘Victoria White’, ‘Victoria Blue’, ‘Evolution Blue’
  • Salvia coccinea ‘Jewel Mix’
  • Torenia ‘Kauai Rose’
  • 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
  • Zinnias- multiple varieties

Bulbs, Corms and Rhizomes

Crocosmia provide a fiery yet delicate addition to the perennial bulb border
  • Asiatic Lilies (Lilium sp.) reds, yellows, orange, pinks
  • Blackberry Lily (Iris domestica) orange speckled, with blackberry like seed pods
  • Crinum lily-pink,white
  • Crocosmia- red, orange
  • Dahlias- yellow, burgundy, mix
  • Daylilies (Hemerocallis sp:): ‘Happy Returns’ yellow; ‘Stella d’Oro’ yellow-orange; ‘Pardon Me’ wine w/yellow throat; ‘Prairie Blue Eyes’ lavender; variety of reds, yellows, oranges, pinks
  • Formosa lily (Lilium formosum) white
  • Gladiolus
  • Gloriosa Lily (Gloriosa superba) yellow, red
  • Oriental Lily (Lilium oriental ‘Rubrum’)
  • Pineapple Lily (Eucomis comosa ‘Sparkling Burgundy’) - burgundy
  • Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum or P. multiflorum) variegated foliage, white blooms
  • Tiger Lily (Lilium sp.) orange & black


Vervain or "Verbena on a Stick" has lots of interesting pollinator attracting cultivars- like this new one shown in the trial gardens at JC Raulston Arboretum!
  • Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus) blue, pink, white
  • Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) red
  • Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) yellow
  • Blanket Flower (Gaillardia puchella) red + yellow
  • Bronze Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) yellow
  • Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) blue
  • Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) yellow,orange
  • Cape Leadwort (Plumbago capensis) blue
  • Carolina Phlox (Phlox Carolina ‘Miss Lingard’) white
  • Catmint (Nepeta faassenii) blue
  • Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) blue
  • Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) various
  • Coral Bells (Heuchera sp.) variety of leaf colors, blooms white or pink
  • English Daisy (Bellis perennis) white, pink
  • Fleabane (Erigeron sp) white
  • Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata)- ‘David’- white; ‘Eva Cullum’ –pink
  • Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ & ‘Sparkle White’) pink, white
  • Gayfeathers (Liatris spicata) purple
  • Giant Coneflower (Rudbeckia maxima) yellow
  • Green-headed Coneflower (Rudbeckia lacinata) yellow
  • Hosta sp. – white or lavendar
  • Hyssop (Agastache sp.) blue, warm colors
  • Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracenis) purple
  • Lantana ‘Dallas Red’, ‘Evita Orange’, ‘Evita Rose’
  • (Lithodrora diffusa) blue
  • Lungwort (Pulmonaria saccharata) blue
  • Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera) yellow/brown
  • Rose Campion (Lychnis coronaria) pink or white
  • Rue (Ruta graveolens) chartreuse
  • Salvia (Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’) red & white & (Salvia greggii) red, pink
  • Scented geraniums-small pink, lavender flowers
  • 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
  • Tickseed (Coreopsis lanceolata) yellow
  • Valerian (Centranthus ruber) red
  • 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)
  • 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

Sweetbay Magnolias provide a similar bloom but a more manageable tree to their Southern cousins- they also don't mind wet feet!
  • Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) pink
  • Bush Clover (Lespedeza sp.) fuschia pink
  • Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii) purple, pink, white
  • Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus) blue, pink
  • Crape Myrtles (Lagerstroemia sp) pink, white
  • Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides) white, fragrant
  • Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) blue, pink
  • Lacecap Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla normalis) pink, blue
  • Oak-leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) white
  • Pomegranate (Punica granata) coral
  • Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) white with red, pink
  • Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) white, fragrant
  • Spanish Bayonet (Yucca aloifolia) white
  • Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana) white, slight fragrance
  • Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummuondii) red
  • Variegated Hydrangea (Hydrangea X) white-pink
  • Weiglia (Weiglia florida) pink and white

Kitchen Garden:

  • Summer squash, tomatoes, celery, apples, peppers, eggplant, sunflowers, melons, stevia, figs, blueberries, onions, basil, mints, oregano, thyme, salad burnet, garden sage, ‘Munstead’ lavender, Swiss chard
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Hadley Cheris

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