In the Gardens at Tryon Palace – January 2017

Happy New Year! 

A new year brings excitement, planning and maybe snow? We’re watching the forecast with bated breath! Luckily most of our plants are very hardy and the tender perennials have already gone to their winter slumber. The more fragile things have already been tucked away into the protected areas of the hoop house and greenhouse. We’ve just finished “de-decorating” from Candlelight and are busily planning for great spring gardens! 

On the near horizon, our first free garden lecture of the year will be Saturday, January 14, at 10 a.m., featuring Bryce Lane, a prominent N.C. State professor and TV show host, presenting “Plant Combinations: Managing Color in the Garden” in Cullman Performance Hall. 

If you’re looking for a New Year’s Resolution, consider joining us as a garden volunteer! We are looking for Master Gardeners, horticulturists, garden enthusiasts, general yard workers, and carpenters. Some background in gardening is great but none is necessary, just a willingness to learn. We are looking for volunteers for pruning, planting, raking, mulching, watering, weeding, leading garden tours, fence and trellis repair. If you’re interested in volunteering with us, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Pam Stevens at (252) 639-3501 or

Happy Gardening (and stay warm!!),

Hadley Cheris
Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager


  • Annual phlox (Phlox drummondii), mix
  • Dusty miller “Silver Dust,” gray
  • English Daisy “Habanera Mix” (Bellis)
  • Forget Me Nots “Mon Amie Blue” (Myosotis)
  • Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus), Sonnet Mix, Montego Sunset, Candy Showers Mix  
  • Stock Harmony Mix
  • Sweet William (Dianthus), Telstar Mix 
  • Ornamental Kale, Bor Scarlet, Kamome White
  • Violas:
    • Sorbet XP Mix, Admire Mix Maxi, Penny Peach Jump Up 
  • Pansies: 
    • Matrix Mixes: Sunrise, Solar Flare, Red Blotch
    • Cool Wave Spreading Mix; Frizzle Sizzle Mix


  • 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
  • Camellia (Camellia sasanqua sp.), white and pink
  • Camellia (Camellia sasanqua “Setsugekka”), white
  • Camellia (Camellia sasanqua “Yuletide”), red
  • 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/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