January Blooms at Tryon Palace

Happy New Year! I have NO idea how we skipped from somewhere about June 2018 to 2019 but here we are!

We’ve been busily taking down all of our holiday decorations and boxing them up for this year- Wait what?! Wildly enough, Candlelight decorations start being created in less than 6 months from now! We’re loving our current weather as we work on clearing our gardens from spent perennials and fallen leaves- a drastic change from last year’s record snow and cold. Our gardens are budding with excitement at this weather which makes us hold our breath a little since we're still probably due a frost or two. Our flowering apricots have just begun their beautiful pink blooms and the fragrant wintersweet is living up to its name in the Jones and Commission House gardens.

We’re excited to show off some of our new garden designs and plantings as we begin to redefine our gardens this year, the 60th anniversary of Tryon Palace, and reopen the Kellenberger garden later this spring. We’re feverishly anticipating new annuals, perennials and vegetables growing in our nursery yard and getting ready for a busy 2019. If you haven’t come by lately, keep an eye out for events and behind the scenes tours so you can see what you’ve been missing!

Get ready to garden this year by learning about the soil under your feet at our January 12 garden lecture!

Our 2019 free garden lecture series kicks off, Saturday, Jan 12, with Dr. Diana Rashash presenting “Getting the Dirt on Soils.” Dr. Rashash is the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Area Specialized Agent for Water Quality and Waste Management based out of Onslow County. “Getting the Dirt on Soils” will help both homeowners and landscape professionals better understand the soil beneath them. Please see https://www.tryonpalace.org/events/garden-lecture-series-january-0 for more information and plan to join us!

If you’re looking for a New Year’s Resolution, consider joining us as a garden volunteer! We are looking for Master Gardeners, Horticulturists, Garden Enthusiasts, General Yard Workers, and Carpenters. Some background in gardening is great but none is necessary, just a willingness to learn. We are looking for volunteers for pruning, planting, raking, mulching, watering, weeding, fence and trellis repair. If you’re interested in volunteering with us, 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


Violas and pansies are a great winter cover for spring bulbs like tulips.
  • Annual Phlox (Phlox drummondii) mix
  • Dusty Miller ‘Silver Dust’
  • Dianthus- Super Parfait Raspberry, Zing Rose
  • Ornamental Kale- Bor Scarlet, purple leaves
  • Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) various mixes
  • Sweet William (Dianthus) Telstar Mix
  • Violas: Sorbet: Phantom, Fire, Blueberry Sundae, Ocean Breeze; Penny: White Jump Up, Peach Jump Up, White Blotch, Beaconsfield
  • Pansies: Delta Mixes: Apple Cider, Buttered Popcorn; Cool Wave Sunshine and Wine Spreading Mix; Frizzle Sizzle Mix; Fizzy Lemonberry


Leopard Plant is a great winter bloomer with year round shiny green foliage- some varieties are even spotted!
  • Bears foot Hellebore (Helleborus foetidus) yellowish
  • Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens) white
  • Cape Leadwort (Plumbago capensis) blue
  • Carnation (Dianthus sp.) various
  • Creeping Veronica (Veronica umbrosa) blue
  • Daffodils, Jonquils (Narcissus sp.) yellow, white
  • Hellebore (Helleborus X orientalis) pink, white
  • Leopard plant (Farfugium japonicum) yellow
  • Ornamental Grass (Miscanthus sp.) red seed head
  • Paperwhite Narcissus (Narcissus papyraceus) white
  • Poet’s Laurel (Danae racemes) orange berries

Trees and Shrubs

Camellias (sansaqua on left, japonica on right) provide an immense amount of winter color and come in a variety of colors.
  • 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

  • Camellia (Camellia sasanqua sp.) white & pink
  • Camellia (Camellia sasanqua ‘Setsugekka’) white
  • Camellia (Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’) red
  • Chinese Mahonia (Mahonia fortunei) yellow
  • 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
  • Tea plant (Camellia sinenses) white/yellow
  • Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorium) yellow
  • Winter Honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima) white
  • Witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) yellow to reddish brown

Kitchen Garden:

Members of the Brassica family, like this broccoli plant, provide the majority of cold weather vegetable crops.
  • Cover crops- crimson clover, mustard, rye, white clover
  • Beets, carrots, celery, lettuce, mustard, kale, parsley, Swiss chard, spinach, arugula
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