Mid-Summer Blooms of July

Look for a bounty of apples, pears, figs, grapes in the Tryon Palace Kitchen Garden as well as other gardens around the grounds. It may appear we have plenty of fruit, but once the squirrels take their share we only get a taste. 

We will be installing new apple trees to espalier in the Kitchen Garden this fall thanks to a generous donation from one of our loyal garden volunteers. The heirloom variety trees are grown by David Vernon of Century Farm Orchards located in Reidsville, North Carolina. Vernon learned from the heirloom apple master, Lee Calhoun, of Chatham County, North Carolina. 

Palace gardeners Freda and Hadley did a quick, sweaty inspection of the bee colonies in early July.  Queen Margaret has loads of honey in the frames but it is still too humid to cap. It could be possible to do an extraction later in the month and before the fall flowers bloom. The new Queen Charlotte has been a busy girl. We were finally able to put on a honey super to begin collecting honey. In late May the female bees in the Charlotte hive dispatched with their queen. We do not know why they found her lacking but glad they are back on track and are a healthy strong hive again. 

Our gardeners are finished planting for the season and have settled into a routine of weed, water, prune and mow. Afternoon thundershowers have kept the grass growing so no crunchy lawns this summer. We have also been busy in the nursery yard getting ready to install new irrigation, residing the hobby house, and installing a new convection tube in the greenhouse to help with air circulation. With the help of some hearty volunteers we have been potting perennials, shrubs, and trees in preparation for the fall plant sale in October.  


Flowering Vines

Coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sumpervirens), native, red, and yellow
Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata)
Trumpet vine (Campsis grandiflora), orange

Annual Flowers

Angelonia “Serena Mix WaterFall”
Annual phlox (Phlox drummondii), mix    
Basil “Floral Spires,” lavender
Begonia angel wing “Baby Wings,” white
Begonia dragon wing, red
Coleus, various
Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus), orange, yellow
Dusty Miller “Silver Dust,” gray
Euphorbia “Glitz,” white
Flowering tobacco (Nicotiana sp), various
Gazania “Kiss Mix,” mix
Gerbera “Revolution Mix Select”
Globe amaranth (Gomphrena globosa), purple
Love Lies Bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus), burgundy 
Marigolds, oranges, yellows
Old fashioned petunia (Petunia integrifolia), magenta
Ornamental millet “Purple Baron”
Pentas “Graffiti,” violet, white, pink
Petunia “Merlin Blue Morn”
Salvia farinacea “Fairy Queen”
Salvia coccinea “Summer Jewel Pink”
Tassel flower (Emilia japonica), red 
Torenia or wishbone flower “Kauai Rose”
Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus), various          
Zinnia (Zinnia elegans), various


Flowering Trees and Shrubs

Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana), pink
Butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii), purple
Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus), blue
Crape myrtles (Lagerstroemia sp), pink, white 
Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides)
Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla), blue, pink
Lacecap hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla normalis), pink, blue
Oak leaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia), white, dried blooms
Pineapple guava (Feijoa sellowiana), white petals with red accents 
Pomegranate (Punica granata), coral
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinale), white, lavender
Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus), white with red
Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora), white, fragrant
Spanish bayonet (Yucca aloifolia), white
Variegated hydrangea (Hydrangea X), white-pink
Balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus)
Bee balm (Monarda didyma) red
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), yellow
Blanket flower (Gaillardia puchella), red and yellow
Bronze fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), yellow
Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), yellow, orange 
Cape leadwort (Plumbago capensis), blue
Carolina phlox (Phlox Carolina “Miss Lingard”), white
Catmint (Nepeta faassenii), blue
Comfrey (Symphytum officinale), blue
Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), various
Coral bells (Heuchera sp.), variety of leaf colors, blooms white or pink
Crinum lily, pink, white
English daisy (Bellis perennis), white, pink      
Fleabane (Erigeron sp), white
Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri “Whirling Butterflies” & “Sparkle White”), pink, white
Hosta sp., white
Garden phlox (Phlox paniculata), “David” white, “Eva Cullum” pink 
Gayfeathers (Liatris spicata), purple
Green-headed coneflower (Rudbeckia lacinata), yellow
Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracenis), purple
Lantana sp., yellow, orange, red, pink
Lithodrora diffusa, blue
Lungwort (Pulmonaria saccharata), blue
Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera), yellow and brown
Obedient plant (Physotegia virginiana), white
Rose campion (Lychnis coronaria), pink or white
Rue (Ruta graveolens), chartreuse
Salvia (Salvia microphylla “Hot Lips”), red and white, (Salvia greggii), red 
Scented geraniums, pink, lavender
Shasta daisy (Chrysanthemum X superbum), white
Soapwort (Saponaria ocymoides), pink
Spotted dead nettle (Lanium macultum), variegated foliage, blue
Stokes’ aster (Stokesia laevis), blue, yellow
Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus), red, white, pink 
Tickseed (Coreopsis lanceolata), yellow
Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummuondii), red
Valerian (Centranthus ruber), red
Viper’s bugloss (Echium vulgare), blue, Viper’s bugloss (Echium tuberculatum), pink
Virginia spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana), blue
Wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa), purple
Wild geranium (Geranium pratense), magenta      
Yarrow (Achillea fillipendula “Gold Dust”), yellow


  • Knockout roses:
    • Rosa “RADrazz”  
    • Old Blush Rose (Rosa chinensis), pink
  • Heirloom roses:
    • “Safrano,” yellow
    • “Marie Van Houtte,” white
    • “The Fairy,” pink
    • “Heritage,” pink
    • “Duchess de Brabant,” pink
    • “Perles des Jardin,” yellow
    • “Crème la Cerumois Superior,” red
    • “Souvenir de Malmaison,” light pink
    • “Champney’s Pink Cluster,” light pink
    • “Dark Lady,” deep red
  • David Austin varieties 

Daylilies (Hemerocallis sp):

“Happy Returns,” yellow
“Stella d’Oro,” yellow-orange
“Pardon Me,” wine with yellow throat
“Prairie Blue Eyes,” lavender

Bulbs, Corms and Rhizomes: 

Asiatic lilies (Lilium sp.), red, yellow, orange
Crocosmia “Lucifer,” red
Dahlias, yellow, burgundy, mix 
Formosa lily (Lilium formosum), white
Gloriosa lily (Gloriosa superba), yellow, red
Oriental lily (Lilium oriental “Rubrum”) 
Pineapple lily (Eucomis comosa “Sparkling Burgundy”), burgundy
Tiger lily (Lilium sp.), orange and black

Kitchen Garden: 

Sunflowers, hyacinth bean (Dolichos lablab), Luffa gourds, onions, garlic, Swiss chard, mints, oregano, thyme, salad burnet, pineapple sage, garden sage, “Munstead” lavender, squash, peppers, tomatoes, and celery