Blooms at Mount Auburn

October 15, 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 October 14, 2019

Japanese anemone, Anemone hupehensis, several locations

Rose-of-Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus, several locations

Chinese silk tree, Albizia julibrissin, Asa Gray garden

Willowleaf sunflower, Helianthus ‘Low Down’, Asa Gray garden

Aster, Aster tartaricus, Asa Gray garden  

Aster, Aster laevis ‘Bluebird’, Asa Gray garden

Aster, Aster ‘Raydon’s Favorite’, Asa Gray garden

Verbena, Verbena bonariensis, Asa Gray garden

Yellow sage, Salvia koyamae, Asa Gray garden

Mountain fleece, Persicaria amplexicaulis, Asa Gray garden

Leopard plant, Ligularia sp., Asa Gray garden

Blue leadwort, Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, Laburnum Path

Panicle hydrangea, Hydrangea paniculata, several locations

Rose, Rosa sp., several locations

Butterfly bush, Buddleia cv., Ash Ave.

Sweet William, Dianthus barbatus ‘Rocking Red’, Fountain Ave.

Anise hyssop, Agastache ‘Bolero’, Ash Ave.

‘The Fairy’ rose, Rosa ‘The Fairy’, @ Sphinx

Bee blossom, Gaura lindheimeri, Meadow Rd.

Goldenrod, Solidago sp., Mountain Ave.

Mountain mint, Pycnanthemum virginianum, Mountain Ave.  

Spiraea, Spiraea japonica ‘Alpina’, Admin. bldg.

Hosta, Hosta sp., several locations  

Shrubby cinquefoil, Potentilla sp., Hyacinth Path

Pink-flower indigo, Indigofera amblyantha, Linden Path

Witch hazel, Hamamelis virginiana, Oak Ave.

Franklin tree, Franklinia alatamaha, Fir Ave.

Chrysanthemum, Chrysanthemum sp., many locations

Ladies tresses, Spiranthes sp., Beech Ave.

Autumn joy sedum, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, @ Flagpole

‘Rose Creek’ Abelia, Abelia xgrandiflora ‘Rose Creek’, Field Rd.

Cardinal flower, Lobelia cardinalis, Willow Pond

Jackman clematis, Clematis xjackmanii, Admin. bldg.

Stonecrop, Sedum sp., Admin. bldg.

New Guinea impatiens, Impatiens sp., several locations

Aster, Eurybiaa divaricata, Azalea Path

Catmint, Nepetaa ‘Blue Wonder’, Azalea Path

Threadleaf coreopsis, Coreopsis verticillata ‘Zagreb’, Azalea Path

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

Geranium, Geranium sp. several locations

Snapdragon, Antirrhinum sp., Greenhouse garden

Cosmos, Cosmos bipinnatus, Greenhouse garden

Zinnia, Zinnia sp., Greenhouse garden

Cock’s comb, Celosia sp., Greenhouse garden

Coneflower, Echinacea purpurea, Greenhouse garden 

Globe amaranth, Gomphrena sp., Greenhouse garden

Delphinium, Delphinium sp., Greenhouse garden

Sea holly, Eryngium amethystinum, Greenhouse garden

Dahlia, Dahlia sp., Greenhouse garden

Sunflower, Helianthus sp., Greenhouse garden

German statice, Limonium sp., Greenhouse garden

Strawflower, Helichrysum bracteatum, Greenhouse garden


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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.

  4. Jennifer says:

    Is there a place I can view any daily bird sightings reports seen here?
    I was here for spring migration.Would like to come again in the fall
    for fall migration.
    Thank you.
    Dunbarton, NH

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