March Blooms at Tryon Palace

It always strikes me as interesting to read through my notes on previous years weather- evidently, we’re in the process of repeating what was a wild, wacky, windy beginning! The big difference this year is that our tulips have been blooming now for almost two weeks- they seem to appreciate the cold weather we had in January more than the camellias did. Now is a great time to start doing a garden walk-around in your own yards and figuring out where you planted bulbs last fall! You should start to see many plants flushing back out or dropping their winter damaged leaves so bear with them a little longer and hold off pruning til April. There’s a multitude of blooms coming on each day and it almost gives this rush of jumping into spring! Our greenhouse is bursting with plants that seem to grow an inch every time I turn around! If you haven’t made it to see our gardens yet this spring, we’ve got some great upcoming opportunities!

Dr. Lucy Bradley will present our March 10 garden lecture

Upcoming this week- the March 10 Tryon Palace garden lecture series will feature Dr. Lucy Bradley, NC State Extension specialist and professor, presenting “You can have your yard and eat it too!” The lecture will focus on how to incorporate edible plants into a home landscape. This lecture is free and begins at 10 a.m. in Cullman Performance Hall at the North Carolina History Center.

Also coming this month, we’ll have our Behind the Scenes Tour in the garden, where you can join one of our gardeners for a walk around the Palace blooms! The tour is March 13 beginning at 2pm at the Waystation. And don’t forget the star of the event calendar for us- Spring Plant Sale is April 13 & 14 from 9am-5pm on the Daves lawn. The spring sale also coincides with our free Garden Lovers Weekend so make plans to stop by and smell the flowers (and maybe even take a few home)!

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


  • 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: Black Jump Up, Honeybee, Phantom; Penny: Mix Jump Up, Purple Picotee
  • Pansies: Delta Mixes: Apple Cider, White Blotch; Matrix Mixes: Orange, Solar Flare, Blue Frost; Frizzle Sizzle Mix; Panolo Jewels n Jazz

Bulbs, Corms and Rhizomes

Lady Jane tulips provide year after year blooms from the same plant, making them a garden favorite here!
  • Algerian Iris (Iris ungularia) blue
  • Allium azureum, blue
  • Allium ostrowkianum Dark Pink
  • 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-flower Purple Dream, Double Peony Mix, Double Lilac, White Parrot, Apricot Parrot, Single Late Mixture,
  • Wood Hyacinth (Scilla campanulata) blue; white
  • Windflower (Anemone coronaria) blue, magenta, white


Creeping phlox is an excellent ground-cover and also provides a carpet of beautiful late spring flower!
  • Bath’s Pink (Dianthus gratianopolitanus) pink
  • Barrenwort (Epimedium grandiflorum) yellow
  • 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
  • English daisy ‘Bellissiama Mix’ pink, white (Bellis)
  • Lenten Rose (Helleborus X orientalis) pink, white
  • Mazus (Mazus reptans ‘alba’) white
  • Mountain pinks (Phlox subulata) pink, lavender, white
  • 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

Trees and Shrubs

Bridal wreath earns it's name with lovely sweeping branches filled with tiny white blooms, which are a great food for bees!
  • 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

‘Prof. 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

  • Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) yellow
  • 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, white
  • Fragrant Wintersweet (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: STINK
  • 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
  • Redbud (Cercis canadensis) fuchsia
  • Sassafras (Sassafras officinale) chartreuse
  • Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia) small white
  • Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorium) yellow
  • Witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) yellow to reddish brown

Wildflowers/ Bee Food

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

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

Kitchen Garden:

Each delicate pear bloom is a sign of fruits to come!
  • Apple, Pear & Peach Trees: pink to white blooms
  • Cover crops- crimson clover, mustard, rye, white clover, oats
  • Asparagus, beets, carrots, celery, lettuce, mustard, kale, parsley, Swiss chard, spinach, arugula, peas
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