July Blooms at Tryon Palace

Welcome to July! It’s been a wet, muggy summer so far, which our plants are grateful for, even as we’re grumbling. The gardens branch just got back from a fantastic field day at JC Raulston Arboretum so look forward to new concepts and plants coming to you down east soon!

The Hawk’s Allee is showing off this month with purple coneflowers in full flower, seemingly never-ending lespedeza blooms, 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 flushing out nicely, while the weeds keep us busy, 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.

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 keeping the Wilderness tidy. 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!

Image: Mark Catesby, illustration of yellow jessamine and the blackcap flycatcher from Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands. Tryon Palace Collection.

Come join us this summer for our Tryon Palace Garden Lecture events. This month’s lecture, July 14th at 10am, will feature our very own Tryon Palace Research Historian, Lindy Cummings, presenting “Old Worlds into New: How the Flora of the Americas Transformed English Gardens.” This presentation will look at how the flora of the Americas gave rise to new scientific thought, classification systems, and especially the transformation of English gardens. Our next lecture on August 11th at 10am, will feature Claire Jones, a repeat White House decorator, horticulturalist, landscape design consultant, beekeeper and floral designer, presenting a lecture on “Eco-Beneficial Gardening: Winning the War on Pollinator Decline” and a demonstration of a simple bee habitat with recycled materials.

Just a few of the lovely, hardworking ladies you can learn about during our Passport to Pollination Summer Camp and August Lunch and Learn!

Also upcoming in the gardens this summer, Tryon Palace will be hosting Passport to Pollination: Tryon Palace Summer Camp from Monday, July 23, 2018 - 8:30am to Friday, July 27, 2018 - 12:30pm. This science- based camp for 8- 12 year olds will feature our gardens and local pollinators so sign up the kids in your life soon- spots are limited! Lastly, I’ll be presenting at the August 17 Lunch and Learn at 12pm on the legacy of the honey bees of Tryon Palace and the heirlooms plants you can add to bring them to your own gardens.

We hope to see you soon! Happy Gardening,

Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager


Salvia farinacea is a fantastic summer annual- if you get lucky, it might even perennialize!
  • Annual Phlox (Phlox drummondii) mix
  • Balsam (Impatiens balsamina) mix
  • Basil, multiple varieties- lavender, white
  • Batchelor’s Buttons (Centaurea cyanus) blue
  • Begonia Non- Stop ‘Mocca Mix’- warm colors
  • California Poppy (Escholzia californica) yellow
  • Catchfly (Silene carolinianum) pink
  • Coleus ‘Kong Jr Green Halo’, ‘Kong Jr Rose”
  • Celosia ‘Century Mix’, ‘Dragon’s Breath’
  • Cuphea ‘Sriacha Rose’
  • Dahlia ‘Figaro Mix’
  • Dianthus- Super Parfait Raspberry, Zing Rose
  • Dusty Miller ‘Silver Dust’
  • Euphorbia ‘Glitz’
  • Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana sp) various
  • Gazania ‘Enorma Mix’, ‘Pink Shades’, ‘Colorado’
  • Gerbera ‘Revolution Mix Select’
  • Johnny-jump-up (Viola tricolor) purple and yellow
  • Love Lies Bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus)- burgundy
  • Marigolds- variety
  • Ornamental Millet ‘Jade Princess’
  • Pentas- ‘Lucky Star’ - Violet, White; Butterfly Mix; Graffiti Red Velvet
  • Salvia farinacea ‘Victoria White’, ‘Victoria Blue’, ‘Evolution Blue’
  • Salvia coccinea ‘Jewel Mix’
  • Torenia ‘Kauai Rose’
  • Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) various
  • Sunflowers (Helianthus) yellows and reds
  • Sweet William (Dianthus) Telstar Mix; red, white, pink
  • Vinca- Titan Summer Breeze Mix, Cora Mix
  • Zinnias- multiple varieties

Bulbs, Corms and Rhizomes

Pineapple lilies get their name from the unusual shape their flowers combine to make
  • Asiatic Lilies (Lilium sp.) reds, yellows, orange
  • Blackberry Lily (Iris domestica) orangle speckled, with blackberry like seed pods
  • Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ red
  • Daylilies (Hemerocallis sp:): ‘Happy Returns’ yellow; ‘Stella d’Oro’ yellow-orange; ‘Pardon Me’ wine w/yellow throat; ‘Prairie Blue Eyes’ lavender
  • 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


The Stoney garden features lots of blooming perennials, especially two of our favorite yellow ones- Black Eyed Susans and Green Headed Coneflower!
  • 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
  • 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
  • Crinum lily-pink,white
  • English Daisy (Bellis perennis) white, pink
  • Daisy, Ox-Eye (Leucanthemum vulgare); Shasta (Chrysanthemum X superbum) white
  • 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.
  • Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracenis) purple
  • Lantana ‘Dallas Red’, ‘Evita Orange’, ‘Evita Rose’
  • Lithodrora diffusa blue
  • Lungwort (Pulmonaria saccharata) blue
  • Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera) yellow/brown
  • Obedient Plant (Physotegia virginiana) white
  • 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
  • Shasta daisy (Chrysanthemum X superbum) white
  • Soapwort (Saponaria ocymoides) pink
  • Spotted Dead Nettle (Lanium macultum) variegated foliage
  • Stokes’ Aster (Stokesia laevis) blue
  • Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) red, white, pink
  • Tickseed (Coreopsis lanceolata) yellow
  • Valerian (Centranthus ruber) red
  • Vinca (Vinca minor) blue
  • 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)
  • Trumpet Vine (Campsis grandiflora) orange


Roses add a long lasting burst of color to any garden- look for varieties adapted to Southern climates
  • 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

Chaste tree ranks at the very top of my plant list- which is why this pink variety gained its place as the main plant in my front lawn!
  • 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- orange
  • Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) white with red, pink
  • Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) white, fragrant
  • Spanish Bayonet (Yucca aloifolia) white
  • Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummuondii) red
  • Variegated Hydrangea (Hydrangea X) white-pink
  • Weiglia (Weiglia florida) pink and white

Kitchen Garden:

The busy bees have done a great job pollinating our fruit trees and we can't wait to reap the rewards!
  • Cover crops- white clover, buckwheat
  • Summer squash, tomatoes, celery, apples, peppers, eggplant, sunflowers, melons, stevia, figs, blueberries, onions, basil, mints, oregano, thyme, salad burnet, garden sage, ‘Munstead’ lavender, popcorn, milkweed
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