Blooms at Mount Auburn

August 20, 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 August 19, 2019

Chastetree, Vitex angus-castus ‘Shoal Creek’, Field Rd.

Harlequin glorybower, Clerodendron tricotomum, Fountain Ave.

Rose-of-Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus, many locations

Chinese silk tree, Albizia julibrissin, Fountain Ave.

Summersweet, Clethra alnifolia, many locations

Orange coneflower, Rudbeckia fulgida, Rosebay Ave.

Panicle hydrangea, Hydrangea paniculata, several locations

Sourwood, Oxydendrum arboreum, several locations

Castor-aralia, Kalopanax septemlobus, Chestnut Ave.

Russian sage, Perovskia atriplicifolia, Hyacinth Path

Prairie coneflower, Ratibida pinnata, Asa Gray garden

Ornamental onion, Allium ‘Millenium’, Asa Gray garden

Verbena, Verbena bonariensis, Asa Gray garden

Red-flowered angelica, Angelica gigas, Asa Gray garden

Asilbe, Astilbe chinensis var. pumila, Asa Gray garden

Leopard plant, Ligularia dentata ‘Othello’, Asa Gray garden

Balloon flower, Platycodon grandiflorus, Asa Gray garden  

Phlox, Phlox ‘Jeana’, Asa Gray garden

Beautyberry, Callicarpa bodinieri, Asa Gray garden

Wintercreeper, Euonymus fortunei, several locations

Canna lily, Canna sp., Ash Ave.

Fleeceflower, Persicaria affinis, Birch court crypts

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

Anise hyssop, Agastache ‘Bolero’, Ash Ave.

Heather, Calluna vulgaris, Garden Ave.

Oak-leaf hydrangea, Hydrangea quercifolia, several locations

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

Azalea, Rhododendron sp., Bluejay Path

Bee blossom, Gaura lindheimeri, Meadow Rd.

Goldenrod, Solidago sp., Mountain Ave.

Spotted mint, Monarda punctata, Mountain Ave.

Nodding onion, Allium cernuum Mountain Ave. 

Butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa, Mountain Ave. 

Branched coneflower, Rudbeckia triloba, Mountain Ave.

Water lily, Nymphaea odorata, Auburn Lake

Hosta, Hosta sp., several locations 

Daylily, Hemerocallis sp., several locations

Shrubby cinquefoil, Potentilla sp., Hyacinth Path

Marigold, Tagetes sp., several locations

Trumpetcreeper, Campsis radicans, Chestnut Ave.

Cardinal flower, Lobelia cardinalis, Willow Pond

Clematis, Clematis ‘Betty Corning’, Clematis Path

Jackman clematis, Clematis xjackmanii, Admin. bldg.

Amur maackia, Maackia amurensis, Admin. bldg.

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

Stonecrop, Sedum sp., Admin. bldg.

Corkwood, Poliothyrsis sinensis, Daphne Path

New Guinea impatiens, Impatiens sp., several locations

Swamp mallow, Hibiscus moscheutoes, Azalea Path

Butterfly bush, Buddleia ‘Nanho Purple’, Azalea Path

Joe-pye-weed, Eupatorium maculatum ‘Gateway’, Azalea Path

Coneflower, Echinacea purpurea, Azalea Path 

Aster, Eurybiaa divaricata, Azalea Path

New York ironweed, Vernonia noveboracensis, Azalea Path

Threadleaf coreopsis, Coreopsis verticillata ‘Zagreb’, Azalea Path

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

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

Bigleaf hydrangea, Hydrangea macrophylla, Almy Rd.

Geranium, Geranium sp. several locations

False sunflower, Heliopsis helianthoides, Greenhouse garden

Delphinium, Delphinium sp., Greenhouse garden

Snapdragon, Antirrhinum sp., Greenhouse garden

Coneflower, Echinacea sp., Greenhouse garden

Gerbera daisy, Gerbera sp., Greenhouse garden

Dahlia, Dahlia sp., Greenhouse garden

Sunflower, Helianthus sp., Greenhouse garden

Speedwell, Veronica spicata Greenhouse garden

Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifolia, Greenhouse garden

German statice, Limonium sp., Greenhouse garden

Cosmos, Cosmos bipinnatus, Greenhouse garden

Gayfeather, Liatris spicata, Greenhouse garden

Zinnia, Zinnia sp., Greenhouse garden

Sea holly, Eryngium alpinum, Greenhouse garden

Globe amaranth, Gomphrena sp., Greenhouse garden

Strawflower, Helichrysum bracteatum, Greenhouse garden 

Globe thistle, Echinops sp., Greenhouse garden

Pink-flower indigo, Indigofera amblyantha, Linden Path

Carolina allspice, Calycanthus raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’, Beech Ave.

Carolina allspice, Calycanthus raulstonii ‘Venus, Beech Ave.

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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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