September Gardens at Tryon Palace

A change in the seasons is upon us — from the (slightly) cooler weather to the pumpkin-themed everything — it’s obvious we are headed for fall. People have sometimes commented that we in gardens must be excited for a slower season but in reality, fall is at least as busy as any other time of the year. 

We’ve just planted 9,000 “baby plants” for the gardens, plant sale and Tryon Palace Museum Store. These include violas, pansies, and perennials. Our Behind the Scenes gardens tours have new fall dates once a month through November. We’re in the process of replanting and re-landscaping the North Carolina History Center so if you haven’t made a visit or taken a drive by, check it out! Soon, many of our gardens will be changing from summer annuals to mums.  

Our upcoming free garden lecture September 17 at 10 a.m. in Cullman Performance Hall features Jennifer Knight, local landscaper and gardener, and focuses on traditional eastern North Carolina plantings, and a sneak peek at fall plant sale options.

Our Fall Heritage Plant Sale is October 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., during MumFest and Fall Garden Lovers Weekend, which features free Tryon Palace Gardens admission October 7-9. If you can’t wait until then, visit the now shaded garden area of the Tryon Palace Museum Store for ornamental cabbages, dianthus, fall blooming perennials and, while they last, discounted hanging foliage baskets. 

Tryon Palace Gardens need YOU! 

We are looking for Master Gardeners, horticulturists, garden enthusiasts, general yard workers, and carpenters. Some background in gardening is great but not necessary. Just bring your willingness to learn. We are looking for volunteers for pruning, planting, raking, mulching, watering, weeding, leading garden tours, and 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!

Flowering Vines

  • Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sumpervirens), native, red and yellow
  • Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata)
  • Hyacinth bean or lablab vine (Dolichos lablab), purple bloom, purple pods
  • Morning glory (Ipomoea tricolor), blue, magenta
  • Sweet autumn clematis (Clematis terniflora), white
  • Trumpet vine (Campsis grandiflora), orange


  • Angelonia “Serena Mix WaterFall,” “Serenita Mix”
  • Annual phlox (Phlox drummondii), mix    
  • Basil “Floral Spires,” lavender
  • Balsam (Impatiens balsamina), mix
  • Celosia “Armor Mix,” reds, yellows, orange
  • Coleus, various
  • Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus), orange, yellow
  • Cigar plant cuphea
  • 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, variety
  • Mexican sunflower (Tithonia diversifolia), red and orange
  • Ornamental pepper “Black Pearl”
  • Pentas, “Graffiti,” violet, white, pink, red
  • Salvia farinacea “Fairy Queen”
  • Salvia coccinea “Summer Jewel White,” “Summer Jewel Red” 
  • Sunflowers, yellow, red, cream
  • Torenia or wishbone flower (Torenia founrieri), “Kauai Rose” 
  • Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus), various          
  • Vinca “Cora Cascade Mix”
  • Zinnia (Zinnia elegans), various

Trees and Shrubs

  • Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana), purple berries
  • Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), white
  • Butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii), purple, white, lavender 
  • Chinese mahonia (Mahonia fortunei), yellow
  • Crape myrtles (Lagerstroemia sp), pink, white, red, lavender  
  • Encore Azaleas (Rhodendron Hybrid), red, fuchsia, white
  • Fringetree (Chinonanthus retusus), blue drupes
  • Fragrant osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans), yellow
  • Pomegranate (Punica granata), coral, orange blooms, fruit
  • Red buckeye (Aesculus pavia), leaves beginning to fall, look for buckeyes
  • Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus), white, lavender
  • Spanish bayonet (Yucca aloifolia), white


  • Asters (Aster frickarti & Symphyotrichum sp ), blue, pink
  • Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus), blue, pink, white
  • Bee Balm (Monarda didyma), red, pink
  • Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) yellow
  • Blanket flower (Gaillardia puchella), red and yellow
  • Bog sage (Salvia uliginosa), light blue
  • Bush clover (Lespedeza virginica), pink
  • Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), yellow, orange 
  • Cape leadwort (Plumbago capensis), blue
  • Carolina phlox (Phlox Carolina “Miss Lingard”), white
  • Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), purple, seed heads left for birds
  • Confederate rose (Hibiscus mutabilis), white to pink
  • Crinum lily, pink, white
  • Dahlias, yellow, burgundy, mix 
  • Fall crocus (Colchicum sp.), pink 
  • False sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides), yellow
  • Four o’clocks (Mirabilis jalapa), fuschia, yellow, pinks
  • Garlic chives (Allium tuberosum), white
  • Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri “Whirling Butterflies,” “Sparkle White”), pink, white
  • Garden phlox (Phlox paniculata) “David,” white; “Eva Cullum,” pink 
  • Giant coneflower (Rudbeckia maxima), seed heads for birds
  • Ginger lily (Hedychium coronarium), white
  • Golden rod (Solidago sp.), yellow
  • Green-headed coneflower (Rudbeckia lacinata), yellow
  • Lantana camarara, yellow, orange, red, pink
  • Lion’s ear (Leonotus leonurus), orange
  • Liriope sp., blue
  • Lithodrora diffusa, blue
  • Maltese cross (Lychnis chalcedonica), red
  • Mealycup sage (Salvia farinacea), blue
  • Mexican hat (Ratibida columnifera), yellow/brown
  • New Bern/Spider Lily (Lycoris radiate), red sans foliage 
  • Oxblood or schoolhouse lily (Rhodophiala bifida)
  • Patrinia (Patrinia scabiosaefolia), yellow
  • Pineapple lily (Eucomis comosa “Sparkling Burgundy”), burgundy
  • Pink mallow (Malva moschata), pink
  • Rain lily (Zephryanthes sp), pink, white, yellow
  • Rose mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos), pink
  • Salvia (Salvia microphylla “Hot Lips”), red, white, and (Salvia greggii) red 
  • Salvia “Indigo Spires” (Salvia farinacea X longispicata), indigo
  • Scented geraniums, small pink, lavender flowers
  • Sedum (Sedum X), yellow
  • Shasta daisy (Chrysanthemum X superbum), white
  • Soapwort (Saponaria ocymoides), pink
  • Tatarian aster (Aster tartaricus), blue
  • Texas star or rose mallow (Hibiscus coccineus), red
  • Toad lily (Trycirtis hirtaa), purple
  • Turk’s cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummuondii), red


  • Knock out 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 la Mal Maison,” light pink, “Champney’s Pink Cluster,” light pink, “Dark Lady,” deep red, David Austin varieties 

Kitchen Garden:

Look for the hyacinth bean or lablab (Dolichos lablab) with purple blooms and seed pods. Pears, apples, figs, sunflowers, onions, garlic, Swiss chard, mints, cardinal basil, oregano, thyme, salad burnet, pineapple sage, garden sage, “Munstead” lavender, winter squashes, peppers, collards, tomatoes, celery, eggplant, basil, melon, beans, popcorn, pumpkin