Blooms at Mount Auburn

June 10, 2019

Mount Auburn’s landscape is composed of a diverse array of plants and trees that come into bloom at different times and in different seasons.

What’s in Bloom: Week of June 17, 2019

Kousa dogwood, Cornus kousa, many locations

Tulip tree, Liriodendron tulipifera, several locations

Washington hawthorn, Crataegus phaenopyrum, Central Ave.

Northern catalpa, Catalpa speciosa, Spirea Path

Sweet bay magnolia, Magnolia virginiana, several locations

Common privet, Ligustrum vulgare, several locations

Climbing hydrangea, Hydrangea anomala ssp. Petiolaris, Meadow Rd.

Black-leaf elderberry, Sambucus nigra ‘Eva’, Blue Jay Path

‘Aurora’ dogwood, Cornus xrutgerensis ‘Rutban’, Almy Rd.

Snowball viburnum,Viburnum plicatum ‘Grandiflorum’ Fountain Ave., Swan Ave.

Weigela, Weigela florida, Sparrow Path

Giant onion, Allium giganteum ‘Globemaster’, Flagpole

Narrow-leaf bluestar, Amsonia hubrichtii, Flagpole

Virginia sweetspire, Itea virginica, several locations

Japanese spiraea, Spiraea japonica, many locations

Delphinium, Delphinium sp., Greenhouse garden

Love-in-a-mist, Nigella damascana, Greenhouse garden

Lupine, Lupinus sp., Greenhouse garden

Foxglove, Digitalis sp., Greenhouse garden

Mountain bluet, Centauria montana, Greenhouse garden

False sunflower, Heliopsis helianthoides, Greenhouse garden

Red salvia, Salvia sp., Greenhouse garden

Ninebark, Physocarpus opulifolius, Chickadee Path

Pinxterbloom azalea, Rhododendron periclymenoides, Azalea Path

 ‘Knockout’ rose, Rosa ’Radrazz’, Spelman Rd.

Rose, Rosa sp., many locations

Partridge-berry, Mitchella repens, Ivy Path

Inkberry, Ilex glabra, many locations

Mockorange, Philadelphus sp., several locations

Arrowwood, Viburnum dentatum, several locations

Siberian iris, Iris siberica, Azalea Path

Linden, Tilia sp., several locations

Deutzia, Deutzia gracillis, several locations

Petunia, Petunia sp., Halcyon Ave.

New Guinea impatiens, Impatiens sp., several locations

Foam flower, Tiarella cordifolia, Fountain Ave.

Wild indigo, Baptisia ‘Carolina Moonlight’, Lime Ave.

Dianthus, Dianthus ‘Rocking Red’, Fountain Ave.

Lady’s mantle, Alchemilla mollis, Amaryllis Path

Columbine, Aquilegea canadensis, several locations

Mountain laurel, Kalmia latifolia, many locations

Japanese snowbell, Styrax japonicus ‘Pink Chimes’, Asa Gray garden

Upright wild ginger, Saruma henryi, Asa Gray garden

Astilbe, Astilbe cv., Asa Gray garden

Peony, Paeonia lactiflora, Sphinx

Japanese tree lilac, Syringa reticulata, several locations

Sheep laurel, Kalmia angustifolia, Ivy & Holly Paths

Fragrant snowbell, Styrax obassia, Primrose Path

Winterberry, Ilex verticillata, several locations

Pink-flower indigo, Indigofera amblyantha, Linden Path

Catmint, Nepeta ‘Blue Wonder’, Azalea Path

Meadow sage, Salvia nemerosa ‘Blue Hill’, Azalea Path

False Indigo, Baptisia australis, Azalea Path

Wild bergamot, Monarda fistulosa, Azalea Path

Butterfly bush, Buddleia alternifolia, Spelman Rd.

Water lily, Nymphaeaa odorata, Willow Pond

Alpine aster, Aster alpina, Ash Ave.

Cutleaf stephanandra, Stephanandra incisa, several locations

Creeping mint, Meehania cordata, Fountain Ave.

Sweet shrub, Calycanthus sp. several locations

Common alumroot, Heuchera americana, several locations

Shrubby cinquefoil, Potentilla fruticosa, Hyacinth Path

Goldenstar, Chrysogonum virginianum, Garden Ave.

Bellflower, Campanulaa persicifolia, Yew Ave.

Bloody cranesbill geranium, Geranium sanguineum, Yew Ave.

Gas Plant, Dictamus albus, Yew Ave.

Bugleweed, Ajuga reptans, Garden Ave.

Flame azalea, Rhododendron calendulaceum, several locations

Golden Alexander, Zizia aurea, Mountain Ave.

Beardtongue, Penstemon digitalis, Mountain Ave.

Bluestar, Amsonia tabernaemontana, Mountain Ave.

Lanceleaf coreopsis, Coreopsis lanceolata, Mountain Ave.

Phlox, Phlox sp., Mountain Ave.

Ohio spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis, Mountain Ave.

Wild bleeding heart, Dicentra eximia, Main office

Gaillardia, Gaillardia sp., Ash Ave.

Spotted dead nettle, Lamium ‘White Nancy’, Daffodil Path

Begonia, Begonia sp., several locations

Rhododendron, Rhododendron sp. several locations

Yellow flag iris, Iris pseudacorus, Auburn Lake

Wild ginger, Asarum canadense, Dell Path

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  1. Leslie Safford says:

    I saw a beautiful tree north side of the fountain, toward Mount Auburn St. It had delicate yellow-green leaves on branches that tipped upward and very beautiful greenish-cream bell-like blossoms. I’m guessing it’s a species of prunus, but I haven’t been able to track it down. I also thought it might be Carolina silverbell, though photos of the blossoms don’t quite match.

    I’m very curious to know what it is.


    • Stephanie Messina says:

      Hi Leslie, I consulted with one of our plant experts, Jim Gorman, and he said that it is indeed a silverbell, Halesia tetraptera. According to Jim, the blossoms turn pale as they mature, which may account for the confusion!

  2. Steve says:

    Good morning. I walked by an incredibly aromatic bush next to the staircase leading up from the parking circle to the monument near the chapel. Small clusters of pink and white tubular shaped flowers? Sorry for the weak description! Heavenly aroma!!!
    Thank you!

    • Jennifer Johnston says:

      According to our Plant Expert Jim Gorman, “That is one of our Koreanspice viburnums. Truly one of the most fragrant viburnums, which also has great red fall foliage on its leaves. You will find many more planted throughout our landscape.”

  3. LaVonne Mountain says:

    Is there a walking path around the flower bed. Is there public transportation close to the cemetary? What would be blooming around June 20 until July 10? I remember being g there years ago, it was stunning in the Spring with the gorgeous trees blooming.

    • Jennifer Johnston says:

      Hi LaVonne,
      MBTA Red Line to Harvard sq., then bus #71 or Bus #73 will let you off at our main entrance. Many paved roads going past beautiful trees, shrubs and perennials. Pick up a map at the visitor center. Blossoms change weekly… late June would include roses, kousa dogwoods, spiraea, stewartia, astilbe, coreopsis, hostas… Beginning of July would include hydrangea, goldenrain tree bottlebrush buckeye, linden, Chinese chestnut, daylily, sweetbay magnolia, and much more.

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