What’s Growing in the Gardens?

It may be winter, but Tryon Palace’s gardens still have plenty of plants to discover. Take a look at what’s blooming and growing this January.


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


  • Daffodils, Jonquils (Narcissus sp.) yellow, white
  • Bears foot Hellebore (Helleborus foetidus) yellowish
  • Hellebore (Helleborus X orientalis) pink, white
  • Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens) white
  • Creeping Veronica (Veronica umbrosa) blue

Flowering Trees and Shrubs

  • Fragrant Winter sweet (Chimonanthus praecox) yellow
  • Winter Honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima) white
  • Leatherleaf Viburnum (Viburnum rhytophyllum) white
  • Laurustinus (Viburnum tinus) pink to white
  • 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
  • Camellia (Camellia sasanqua ‘Setsugekka’) white
  • Camellia (Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’) red
  • Flowering Apricot (Prunus mume) pink
  • Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles speciosa) apricot pink, red
  • Himalayan Sweetbox (Sarcococca hookerana) white, black drupe
  • Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorium) yellow
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) white
  • Witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) yellow to reddish brown

Berries and seeds:  Bird Food

  • Hollies (Ilex sp.): 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) lavender
  • Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) yellow 

Kitchen Garden crops: 

  • Artichoke
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cardoon
  • Celery
  • Collards
  • Fennel
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Mustards
  • Kale
  • Onion
  • Parsley
  • Peas
  • Swiss chard