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July Blooms at Tryon Palace

Hoping you’ve had a wonderful first week in July and enjoyed a socially distant July 4th! Even though we’re still continuing to live in this weird COVID world, we are SO grateful that are gardens are opened and we’re able to welcome you and share all that is blooming in those! 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)! Stay tuned to our social media and website for more glimpses of the gardens and info on our ongoing changes!

We're doing one last plant sale for the summer as we make space for fall plants in our nursery yard! This preorder sale will be fully open to general public beginning Saturday July 11- Thursday July 16. Pre-arranged plant pickups will be Friday July 17 and Monday July 20. The plant and price list is available here! Please send questions and orders to Hadley Cheris by 5pm Thursday July 16.

Even though the weather has been a bit unpleasant between muggy hot days and overly frequent afternoon downpours, our gardens are still full of blooms. Ironically enough, this nasty weather for people happens to be primetime for many of our perennials and their accompanying pollinators! Here’s a few examples of those loving pairings in the gardens!

If you’re itching to learn more and wanting future plans, we are always looking for volunteers for planting, raking, mowing, mulching, weeding. You can sign up now to join us in the future!It’s a great way to learn some gardening tips and tricks, especially for our area! If you’re interested in volunteering with us in the future (once we reopen to the public!), 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

Annuals

Coleus are a wonderful diversely colored group of annuals perfect for part shade to full shade spots in the garden (seen here as part of the 2019 NC State Fair Garden Exhibit)
  • Annual Phlox (Phlox drummondii) mix
  • Balsam (Impatiens balsamina) mix
  • Basil, multiple varieties- lavender, white, dark purple
  • Cardinal Basil- massive purple flower heads
  • Batchelor’s Buttons (Centaurea cyanus) blue
  • Begonias: ‘Baby Wing Mix’; ‘AmeriHybrid Roseform’ Yellow and Pink; ‘Tophat White with Green Leaf’; ‘Big Rose with Green Leaf’
  • California Poppy (Escholzia californica) yellow
  • Calocephalus “Bed Head”
  • Celosia ‘Century Mix’
  • Coleus ‘Kong Mix Empire’, ‘Chocolate Covered Cherry’, ‘Pineapple Surprise’, ‘Wizard Coral Sunrise’
  • Cuphea ‘Sriacha Rose’; FloriGlory Diana; Dynamite, ‘Pink Shimmer’
  • 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’, ‘Enorma Mix’
  • Gerbera ‘Revolution Mix Select’, ‘Floriline Maxi Mix’
  • Gomphrena ‘Buddy Purple’
  • Johnny-jump-up (Viola tricolor) purple and yellow
  • Love Lies Bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus)- burgundy
  • Marigolds- Hot Pak Orange, Durango Mix
  • Pentas- Butterfly Red, Butterfly White, Butterfly Deep Rose; Graffiti Lipstick
  • Salvia farinacea ‘Victoria White’, ‘Victoria Blue’, ‘Evolution Violet Blue’
  • Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) various
  • Sunflowers (Helianthus sp.) various colors of yellow and red
  • Sweet William (Dianthus) Telstar Mix; red, white, pink
  • Torenia ‘Kauai Rose’
  • Zinnias- ‘Profusion Orange’, ‘Profusion Cherry Bicolor’; multiple varieties

Perennials

Lisianthus are absolutely stunners in the garden- commonly used as an expensive cut flower, they grow as beautiful rose- like blooms in ENC
  • Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus) blue, pink, white
  • Balloon Milkweed (Asclepias physocarpus) white
  • Bachelor’s Button (Centaurea montana) blue
  • Barrenwort (Epimedium grandiflorum) yellow
  • Bath’s Pink (Dianthus gratianopolitanus) pink
  • Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) red
  • Spotted Bee Balm (Monarda punctata) purple
  • Betony “Hummelo” purple
  • Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) yellow
  • Blanket Flower (Gaillardia puchella) red + yellow
  • Bleeding Heart (Dicentra eximia) pink and white
  • Bronze Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) yellow
  • Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) blue
  • Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) yellow,orange ***May have Monarch Caterpillars***
  • Callirhoe/ Purple Poppy Mallow- purple
  • Cape Leadwort (Plumbago capensis) blue
  • Carnation (Dianthus sp.) various
  • Carolina Phlox (Phlox Carolina ‘Miss Lingard’) white
  • Catmint (Nepeta faassenii) blue
  • Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) red/yellow & (Aquilegia vulgare) rose, purple, white spurs
  • Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) blue
  • Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) various
  • Coral Bells (Heuchera sp.) variety of leaf colors, blooms white or pink
  • Daisy, Ox-Eye (Leucanthemum vulgare); Shasta (Chrysanthemum X superbum) white
  • 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
  • Giant Coneflower (Rudbeckia maxima) yellow
  • Green-headed Coneflower (Rudbeckia lacinata) yellow
  • Hosta sp., white, purple
  • Hyssop (Agastache sp.) blue, warm colors
  • Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracenis) purple
  • Lantana ‘Dallas Red’, ‘Evita Orange’, ‘Evita Rose’
  • Lisianthus 'Voyage Pink' pink
  • Lisianthus 'Voyage Champagne' pale yellow
  • (Lithodrora diffusa) blue
  • Lungwort (Pulmonaria saccharata) blue
  • Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera) yellow/brown
  • Hairy Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum pilosum) white/ gray
  • Narrow Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum tenuifolium) white/ gray
  • 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 Box (Sarcocca confusa) – white fragrant
  • Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) red, white, pink
  • Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) red, yellow, orange
  • Valerian (Centranthus ruber) red
  • Vervain (Verbena bonariensis) purple
  • Virginia Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana) blue, purple, pink
  • Viper’s Bugloss (Echium vulgare) blue & Viper’s Bugloss (Echium tuberculatum) pink
  • Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) purple
  • Wild Geranium (Geranium pratense) magenta
  • Yarrow (Achillea sp.) yellow, white, pastels

Bulbs, Corms, Rhizomes

Pineapple Lily's unique bloom structure earns the name!
  • Asiatic Lilies (Lilium sp.) reds, yellows, orange, pink
  • Blackberry Lily (Iris domestica) orange speckled, with blackberry like seed pods
  • Crinum lily-pink, white
  • Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ red
  • 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
  • Elephant Ear (Colocasia) ‘Black Coral’, ‘Hawaiian Punch’
  • Formosa lily (Lilium formosum) white
  • Ginger Lily (Hedychium coronarium) white, yellow, orange
  • Gladiolus
  • Gloriosa Lily (Gloriosa superba) yellow, red
  • Iris:

Bearded Iris “Immortality” white, reblooming

Variegated Japanese Iris (Iris ensata) variegated green and white foliage, purple bloom

Siberian Iris (Iris siberica) purple

  • Naked Ladies or Surprise Lily (Lycoris squamigeria ) pink sans foliage
  • Oriental Lily (Lilium oriental ‘Rubrum’)
  • Pineapple Lily (Eucomis comosa ‘Sparkling Burgundy’) - burgundy
  • Pink Rain Lily (Habranthus robustus) pink
  • Rain Lily (Zephyranthes sp.) pink, white
  • Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum or P. multiflorum) variegated foliage, white blooms
  • Tiger Lily (Lilium sp.) orange & blackOriental Lily (Lilium oriental ‘Rubrum’)

Flowering Vines

Coral honeysuckle is a native all- star vine that grows in a quick but controllable manner and is an absolute NECESSITY if you're gardening for hummingbirds!
  • Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sumpervirens) native, red and yellow
  • Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata) orange
  • Vinca (Vinca minor) blue

Roses

  • 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

Beautyberry is one of the most versatile large shrubs for ENC gardens- well known for its purple berries, it boasts a pollinator buffet of small pink blooms in the summer!
  • 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
  • Elderberry (Sambucus sp.) white
  • Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides) white, fragrant
  • Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) blue, pink
  • Lacecap Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla normalis) pink, blue
  • Oak-leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) white, white to pink to red
  • Pomegranate (Punica granata) coral- orange
  • Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia) small white
  • Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) white with red, pink, purple
  • 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:

Did you know: Artichokes are actually flower buds that we eat before they mature- broccoli and cauliflower also fall in this category!
  • Carrots, parsley, Swiss chard, artichoke, cardoon, strawberries, leeks, onions, mints, oregano, thyme, salad burnet, yarrow, chamomile, basil, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, okra, peas, heliotrope, beans, garlic, squash, muskmelons, watermelons, roselle, cotton, popcorn, figs
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Hadley Cheris
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