March Blooms at Tryon Palace

Our first tulip blooms have popped open and there are tons of bulbs opening all over the site- the Kellenberger Garden is a personal spring favorite for me! After a weird quick blip of snow in late February, we seem back on track for a wet, but continued spring! Our gardens are full of incredible blooms that warrant a closeup smell and second look- the gardeners are also making some new fun changes and additions that we’re thrilled to share! If you haven’t made it to see our gardens yet this spring, we’ve got some great upcoming opportunities!

Prepping before the storm of baby plants!

We’ve just added 1500 baby plants to the greenhouse this past week and are so excited by some of these new varieties! These plants will be for sale at our Spring Plant Sale, April 3& 4 from 9am- 5pm on the Daves House lawn. We’ve also got lots of locally grown perennials, herbs, annuals, veggies, trees and shrubs. If you aren’t sure what to buy, take a walk through our gardens during FREE Garden Lovers Weekend April 3-5 and come see us! Remember to come early as stock is limited!

Join us for a showing at 10am March 14!

Our 2020 Garden Lecture Series continues, Saturday, March 14, features a free showing of “The Biggest Little Farm”. The movie focuses on a couple and their journey to turn an old farm into a profitable living, and the challenges they face as they attempt to farm with nature. After the showing, Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager, and Jennifer Knight, Craven County Master Gardener, will lead a discussion on how to incorporate some of these ideas into your own garden and better protect your landscape. There will also be a sneak peek of the plants available at the Tryon Palace Spring Plant Sale. This lecture is free, thanks to a sponsorship by Mitchell Hardware, and begins at 10 a.m. in Cullman Hall at the North Carolina History Center.

Also coming this month, we’ll begin our Behind the Scenes Tours in the garden, where you can join one of our gardeners for a walk around the Palace blooms! The tour is March 24, beginning at 2pm at the Waystation.

If you’re interested in a long term “behind the scenes” venture, we are looking for volunteers for pruning, planting, raking, mulching, watering, 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, 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


Pansies and violas (like these featured above) can handle nasty winter temperatures and last until late spring!
  • Annual Phlox (Phlox drummondii) mix
  • Dianthus- Super Parfait Raspberry, Zing Rose
  • Dusty Miller ‘Silver Dust’
  • Flowering Kale “Nagoya Rose”, “Songbird Mix”
  • Gazania ‘Tiger Mix’, ‘Pink Shades’, ‘Colorado’, ‘Sunny Side Up’, ‘New Magic’, ‘New Day Yellow’
  • Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) various
  • Sweet William (Dianthus) Telstar Mix; red, white, pink
  • Swiss Chard ‘Bright Lights’
  • Violas: Sorbet: Fire, Blueberry Sundae, Raspberry Sundae, Jump Up Mix; Colormax: Lemonberry Pie, Colormax Mix; Penny: White Blotch
  • Pansies: Delta Mix Apple Cider; Matrix Mixes: Coastal Sunrise, Sunrise


Wild geraniums can be a great early blooming ground cover amidst other bulbs and perennial blooms
  • Bears foot Hellebore (Helleborus foetidus) yellowish
  • Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) blue
  • Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens) white
  • Cape Leadwort (Plumbago capensis) blue
  • Carnation (Dianthus sp.) various
  • Creeping Veronica (Veronica umbrosa) blue
  • Daffodils, Jonquils (Narcissus sp.) yellow, white
  • Lenten Rose (Helleborus X orientalis) pink, white, purple
  • Leopard plant (Farfugium japonicum) yellow
  • Mazus (Mazus reptans ‘alba’) white
  • Mountain pinks (Phlox subulata) pink, lavender, white
  • Ornamental Grass (Miscanthus sp.) red seed head
  • Pinks (Dianthus chinensis) pink
  • Poet’s Laurel (Danae racemes) orange berries
  • Ragged Robin (Lychnis flos-cuculi) pink
  • Wallflowers (Cheiranthus allionii) orange
  • Wild Geranium (Geranium pratense) magenta
  • Vinca (Vinca minor) blue

Bulbs, Corms, Rhizomes

The Stanly Garden is a great place to see lots of bulbs blooming together like these windflowers, poppies and daffodils!
  • Allium Azureum, blue
  • Allium ostrowkianum Dark Pink
  • Bearded Iris “Immortality” white, reblooming
  • Cemetery Iris (Iris schreekuppe) white
  • Crocus (Crocus vernus) various
  • Daffodils, Jonquils and Paperwhites (Narcissus sp) yellows, white
  • Daffodil Poeticus Actaea, Double Flower Drift, Double Sir Winston Churchill
  • Dwarf Iris: Mixed, “J S Dijt”, danfordiae
  • Gladiolus specie byzantinus
  • Grape Hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum) blue
  • Hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis) pink, white, purple
  • Lady Jane Tulip- white and pink (Tulipa clusiana)
  • Marjoletti Tulip- yellow and orange
  • Poppy Anemone (Anemone coronaria De Caen) various
  • Ranunculus Tecelote- orange, yellow, red, white
  • Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) white, green
  • Snowflakes (Leucojum aestivum) white
  • Starflower (Ipheion uniflorum) blue-white (Stinky)
  • Tulips: Lily-flowered: Maytime, Ballerina; Single Lates: Multicolor Mixture, Blushing Beauty
  • Wood Hyacinth (Scilla campanulata) blue; white
  • Windflower (Anemone coronaria) blue, magenta, white

Trees and Shrubs

It's been a glorious year thus far for Camellia japonicas like this "Professor Sargent" variety!
  • Akebia vine (Akebia quinata) cream color blooms, smells like chocolate
  • Azaleas (Rhododendron sp.) Variety sizes and colors
  • Bridal Wreath (Spirea prunifolia) white
  • 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
  • Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) yellow *TOXIC TO HONEY BEES*
  • Cornelian Cherry (Cornus mas) yellow
  • Crabapple (Malus sieboldii) pink
  • Dogwood (Cornus florida) white
  • First Breath of Spring or Winter Honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima) white
  • Flowering Almond (Prunus glandulosa) pink, fuzzy
  • Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles speciosa) apricot pink, red
  • Fragrant Osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans) yellow **Smells AMAZING**
  • Fragrant Winter Sweet (Chimonanthus praecox) yellow
  • Himalayan Sweetbox (Sarcococca hookerana) white, black drupe
  • Kerria (Kerria japonica pleniflora) Double yellow
  • Kerria (Kerria japonica) single yellow
  • Lady Banks Rose (Rosa banksia) yellow
  • Leatherleaf Viburnum (Viburnum rhytophyllum) white
  • Laurustinus (Viburnum tinus) pink to white
  • Chinese Snowball (Viburnum macrocephalum ‘Sterile’) greenish white
  • Blackhaw or Walter Viburnum (Viburum obovatum)
  • Judd’s Viburnum (Viburnum judii) pink, fragrant
  • Lantaphyllum (Viburnum X rhytidophylloides ‘Alleghany’) white
  • Pearlbush (Exochorda racemosa) white
  • Japanese Pieris (Pieris japonica) white
  • Redbud (Cercis canadensis) fuchsia
  • Sassafras (Sassafras officinale) chartreuse
  • Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia) small white
  • Tea plant (Camellia sinenses) white/yellow
  • Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorium) yellow
  • Witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) yellow to reddish brown

Berries and seeds: Bird Food

  • Hollies (Ilex sp.): Yaupon (I. vomitoria) red, yellow; Winterberry (I. verticillata) red; Dahoon (I. cassine) red; Dwarf Burford Holly (Ilex cornuta) red berries
  • Nandina (Nandina domestica) red, yellow
  • Japanese Fatsia (Fatsia japonica) green to black
  • Poet’s Laurel (Danae racemosa) orange-red

Bee Food/ Wildflowers:

  • Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) lavender
  • Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) yellow

Kitchen Garden:

Cover crops are wonderful for your garden's health but they can also be beautiful- like these fava bean blooms!
  • Cover crops- crimson clover, mustard, rye, white clover, fava beans
  • Beets, carrots, lettuce, mustards, kale, parsley, Swiss chard, spinach, arugula, fava beans, artichoke, cardoon, brussel sprouts, cabbage, collards
  • Apple, Pear & Peach Trees: pink to white.
Created By
Hadley Cheris