August Blooms at Tryon Palace

Can you believe it’s already August?! Where has the year gone that we’re already approaching the end of summer and beginning of fall. In a few short weeks, we’ll start prepping seedlings and mums for garden display changes. In the meantime, we’ve had a busy July, especially considering we’ve had a whopping TWENTY PLUS days of rain- pretty sure we’re near needing flotation devices on our equipment! All that rain makes for some fast-growing weeds and grass but our new Monday closings have allowed us to stay on top of it. June and July have also been great months for fantastic, informative conferences- both honey bee and perennial related, so if you want to hear me talk for hours- just ask me about what I learned and saw there. Our garden staff were able to visit the JC Raulston Arboretum color trial gardens during a green professional day in June and I went back 5 weeks later as part of the Perennial Plant Symposium- the difference is just astounding!

Celosia and Coleus- Just 5 weeks difference at the JC Raulston Arboretum Color Trials!

Despite all this rainy weather, our gardens are still vibrant and blooming- the perennials in particular are putting on a show- check out the Latham, Hawks and Stoney garden for those beauties. Don’t forget to make your way here if you haven’t already seen this year’s selection of summer annuals as they’ll soon be out of the gardens! The kitchen garden is switching into some early cover crops and we’ll be planting a few of our cold crops by the end of the month as the heat eases a little.

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. We’ll also have several upcoming greenhouse workdays and garden switch-over days! If that sounds like your cup of iced tea, please contact me at Hadley.cheris@ncdcr.gov or 252-639-3560!

Join us for our August garden lecture given by Claire Jones, beekeeper, landscaper, decorator and designer extraordinaire

Come join us for 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.

Come learn about the history of honey bees and how you can help them now during our August Lunch and Learn!

Also upcoming this month, 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


Celosia or cockscomb is a fantastic brilliantly colored annual- this particular variety was featured several years ago in the Kellenberger garden
  • Annual Phlox (Phlox drummondii) mix
  • Balsam (Impatiens balsamina) mix
  • Basil, multiple varieties- lavender, white
  • 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’
  • 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

Formosa lilies shine brightly above the rest of the garden in early fall and are easy to seed!
  • 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
  • Ginger Lily (Hedychium coronarium) white
  • Gladiolus- multiple colors
  • Gloriosa Lily (Gloriosa superba) yellow, red
  • Naked Ladies or Surprise Lily (Lycoris squamigeria ) pink sans foliage
  • New Bern Lily (Lycoris radiate) red sans foliage
  • Oriental Lily (Lilium oriental ‘Rubrum’)
  • Pineapple Lily (Eucomis comosa ‘Sparkling Burgundy’) - burgundy
  • Rain Lily (Zephryanthes sp) pink, white, yellow
  • Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum or P. multiflorum) variegated foliage, white blooms
  • Tiger Lily (Lilium sp.) orange & black
  • Toad Lily (Tricyrtis hirta) pink, purple


JC Raulston Arboretum's pollinator patch shows off some of our favorite fall pollinators- from L to R: Anise Hyssop, Coneflower, Russian Sage, Joe Pye Weed (my very favorite!), NY Aster, Mountain Mint, Climbing Aster, Ironweed!
  • 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
  • False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides) yellow
  • 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
  • Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum) purple, white seed heads
  • 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
  • Pink Mallow (Malva moschata) pink
  • Rose Campion (Lychnis coronaria) pink or white
  • Rose mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos) pink
  • Rue (Ruta graveolens) chartreuse
  • Salvia (Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’) red & white & (Salvia greggii) red, pink
  • Salvia ‘Indigo Spires’ (Salvia farinacea X longispicata) indigo
  • 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
  • Texas Star or Rose Mallow (Hibiscus coccineus) red
  • Tickseed (Coreopsis lanceolata) yellow
  • Valerian (Centranthus ruber) red
  • Vinca (Vinca minor) blue
  • 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


  • Drift Roses (Rosa 'Meigalpio'- red)
  • Knock out Roses (Rosa ‘RADrazz’)- red, pink, yellow
  • 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

Abelias are late summer, early fall showstoppers with long- blooming small white and pink flowers and a wide range of cultivated foliage colors- this particular variety is "Canyon Creek"!
  • Abelia (Abelia grandiflora) pink, white
  • Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) pink
  • Bush Clover (Lespedeza sp.) fuschia pink
  • Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii) purple, pink, white
  • 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 kitchen garden is filled with unique heirloom summer vegetables
  • Cover crops- white clover, buckwheat, beans
  • 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, carrots
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