First Blooms of 2016

Although it’s winter, the gardens at Tryon Palace are still alive and blooming. Below is a list of what you’ll see here in January, 2016. 


  • Annual phlox (Phlox drummondii), mix
  • English daisy ‘Bellissiama Mix’ (Bellis), pink, white 
  • Forget Me Nots ‘Mon Amie Blue’ (Myosotis)
  • Stock (Matthiola incana), fragrant mix        
  • Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus), Rocket Mix, Montego Mix
  • Pansies: Coastal Sunrise, Ocean Breeze, Red Wing, Morpheus; Delta Cool Water Mix
  • Violas: Sorbet Delft Blue, Penny White Blotch, Admire Mix Maxi, Penny Clear Yellow, Penny Primrose Picotee, Penny Denim Jump Up


  • Bears foot hellebore (Helleborus foetidus), yellowish
  • Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens), white
  • Cape leadwort (Plumbago capensis), blue
  • Carnation (Dianthus sp.), various
  • Creeping veronica (Veronica umbrosa), blue
  • Daffodils, jonquils (Narcissus sp.), yellow, white
  • Hellebore (Helleborus X orientalis), pink, white
  • Ornamental grass (Miscanthus sp.), red seed head 
  • Paperwhite narcissus (Narcissus papyraceus), white
  • Poet’s laurel (Danae racemes), orange berries

Flowering Trees and Shrubs

  • 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
  • Chinese mahonia (Mahonia fortunei), yellow
  • Flowering apricot (Prunus mume), pink
  • Flowering quince (Chaenomeles speciosa), apricot pink, red
  • Fragrant winter sweet (Chimonanthus praecox), yellow
  • Himalayan sweetbox (Sarcococca hookerana), white, black drupe
  • Hollies (Ilex sp.), white
  • Leatherleaf viburnum (Viburnum rhytophyllum), white
  • Laurustinus (Viburnum tinus), pink to white
  • Tea plant (Camellia sinenses), white and yellow
  • Winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorium), yellow
  • Winter honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima), white
  • Witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana), yellow to reddish brown

Berries and Seeds

  • 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 Crops 

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