February is Blooming

Although Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and an icy storm just dusted eastern North Carolina, there are still plenty of options to observe the flowing flora around Tryon Palace and surrounding historic grounds.

The pink trees in the Carraway Garden are flowering apricot (Prunus mume).

The lemony-scented first breath of spring or, winter honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima), is blooming in the Stoney and Dot Tyler Gardens.

There’s plenty more to discover! Take a look below for a complete list of all the blooms and heritage plants you’ll find in the Tryon Palace gardens this month. 

Annual Flowers

  • Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus), various               
  • Annual Phlox (Phlox drummondii), mix
  • Stock (Matthiola incana), fragrant mix                      
  • Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritime), white
  • Viola varieties:
    • Penny Denim Jump Up
    • Penny Peach Jump Up
    • Admire Maxi Mix
    • Penny Primrose Picotee
    • Penny Mix Winter
    • Penny Azure Dawn
    • Penny White Blotch
  • Pansy varieties: 
    • Delta Premium Mix Blotch
    • Delta Yellow Blotch
    • Delta White Blotch
    • Delta Watercolors Mix
    • Frizzle Sizzle Mix


  • Crocus (Crocus sp.), yellow, white and purple
  • Daffodils, jonquils, paperwhite narcissus (Narcissus sp.), yellow and white 
  • Bearsfoot hellebore (Helleborus foetidus), yellowish
  • Hellebore (Helleborus X orientalis), pink and white
  • Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens), white
  • Creeping Veronica (Veronica umbrosa), blue

Flowering Trees and Shrubs

  • 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
  • Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas), yellow
  • First breath of spring or winter honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima), white
  • Flowering apricot (Prunus mume), pink
  • Flowering quince (Chaenomeles speciosa), apricot pink, red
  • Fragrant wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox), yellow
  • Himalayan sweetbox (Sarcococca hookerana), white, black drupe
  • Leatherleaf viburnum (Viburnum rhytophyllum), white
  • Laurustinus (Viburnum tinus), pink to white
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), purple
  • Winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorium), yellow
  • Witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana), yellow to reddish brown

Berries and Seeds/Bird food

  • Hollies (Ilex) displaying berries now:
    • Yaupon (I. vomitoria), red, yellow
    • Winterberry (I. verticillata), red
    • Dahoon (I. cassine), red
  • Nandina  (Nandina domestica), red, yellow

  • Japanese fatsia (Fatsia japonica), green to black
  • Poet’s laurel (Danae racemosa), orange-red

Wildflowers/Bee Food

  • Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule), lavendar
  • Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), yellow

Kitchen Garden Crops

Winter crops growing in the Kitchen Garden include: beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celery, collards, fennel, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mustard, kale, onions, parsley, peas and Swiss chard.