December in the Gardens

It’s the holiday season around Tryon Palace and while the holiday decorations in and around the Governor’s Palace and historic homes may take center stage, there is still plenty of natural beauty to take in throughout the Tryon Palace Gardens. Here is a list of what visitors can find this December. 


  • Bearsfoot hellebore (Helleborus foetidus), yellowish
  • Carnation (Dianthus sp.), various
  • Cape leadwort (Plumbago capensis), blue
  • Copper Canyon marigold (Tagetes lemmonii), yellow
  • Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia numularia), yellow foliage
  • Forsythia sage (Salvia madrensis), yellow
  • Paperwhite narcissus (Narcissus papyraceus)
  • Poet’s Laurel (Danae racemes), orange berries
  • Ornamental grass (Miscanthus sp), red seed head 


  • Annual phlox (Phlox drummondii), mix    
  • Dusty Miller “Silver Dust,” gray
  • English daisy “Bellissiama Mix” (Bellis)
  • Forget Me Nots “Mon Amie Blue” (Myosotis)
  • Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus), Rocket Mix, Montego Mix
  • Sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritime), white
  • Violas: Sorbet Delft Blue, Penny White Blotch, Admire Mix Maxi, Penny Clear Yellow, Penny Primrose Picotee, Penny Denim Jump Up
  • Pansies: Matrix Mixes (Coastal Sunrise, Ocean Breeze, Red Wing, Morpheus), Delta Cool Water Mix

Trees & Shrubs 

  • Camellia (Camellia sasanqua sp.), white and pink
  • Camellia (Camellia sasanqua “Setsugekka”), white
  • Camellia (Camellia sasanqua “Yuletide”), red
  • Chinese mahonia (Mahonia fortunei), yellow
  • Dahoon holly (Ilex cassine), red berries
  • Dogwood berries (Cornus florida), red
  • Dwarf Burford holly (Ilex cornuta), red berries
  • Fatsia (Fatsia japonica), white blooms, black seeds
  • Fragrant wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox), yellow
  • Groundsel tree (Bacharis halimifolia), whitish blooms
  • Holly (Ilex cornuta hybrid), large red berries
  • Leatherleaf viburnum (Viburnum rhytidophyllum), white
  • Laurustinus (Viburnum tinus), white 
  • Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica), cream 
  • Nandina (Nandina domestica), red or yellow berries
  • Pomegranate (Punica granata), fruit
  • Tea plant (Camellia sinenses), white/yellow
  • Winterberry (Ilex verticilliata), red berries
  • Yaupon holly (Ilex vomitoria), red or yellow berries

Kitchen Garden Crops

Artichoke, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, cardoon, celery, collards, fennel, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mustards, kale, onion, parsley, peas, Swiss chard, turnips, spinach, parsley, arugula