Blooms at Mount Auburn

October 14, 2018

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.  See both a calendar and a list view of What’s in Bloom below:

What’s in Bloom: Week of October 8, 2018

Rose-of-Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus, several locations

Franklin tree, Franklinia altamaha, Fir Ave.

Japanese anemone, Anemone hupehensis, @Sphinx

Jackman clematis, Clematis xjackmanii, Admin. bldg.

Chrysanthemum, Chrysanthemum sp., Mayflower Path

New Guinea impatiens, Impatiens hawkeri, several locations

Bluebeard, Caryopteris x clandonensis, Story Rd.

Sedum, Sedum ‘Firecracker, Admin. bldg.

Panicle hydrangea, Hydrangea paniculata, many locations

Russian sage, Perovskia atriplicifolia, Asa Gray Garden

Balloon flower, Platycodon grandiflorus, Asa Gray garden

Prairie coneflower, Ratibida pinnata, Asa Gray garden

Mountain fleeceflower, Persicaria amplexicaulis, Asa Gray garden

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

Fleeceflower, Persicaria affinis, several locations

Cardinal flower, Lobelia cardinalis, Willow Pond

Creeping lilyturf, Liriope spicata, several locations

Phlox, Phlox sp., several locations

Oak-leaf hydrangea, Hydrangea quercifolia, several locations

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

Rose, Rosa sp., several locations

Goldenrod, Solidago sp., Mountain Ave.

Hyssopleaf thoroughwort, Eupatorium hyssopifolium, Mountain Ave.

Aster, Aster sp. Mountain Ave.  

Branched coneflower, Rudbeckia triloba, Mountain Ave.

Hawkweed, Hieracium caespitosum, Mountain Ave.

Hosta, Hosta sp., several locations 

Pink flower indigo, Indigofera amblyantha, Linden Path

Shrubby cinquefoil, Potentilla sp., several locations

Canna lily, Canna sp., Fountain Ave.

Seven-son-flower, Heptacodium miconioides, several locations

Bugbane, Actaea simplex ‘Hillside Black Beauty’, Spruce Knoll

Swamp rose mallow, Hibiscus sp., Azalea Path

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

PincushionFlower, Scabiosa columbaria Azalea Path

Butterfly bush, Buddleia ‘Nanho Purple’, Azalea Path

Purple Coneflower, Echinacea purpurea, Azalea Path

Catmint, Nepeta ‘Blue Wonder’, Azalea Path

Aster, Eurybia divaricata, Azalea Path

Threadleaf coreopsis, Coreopsis verticillata ‘Zagreb’, Azalea Path

Bee blossom, Gaura lindheimeri, Flagpole

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

Pickerel weed, Pontederia cordata, Willow Pond

Bigleaf hydrangea, Hydrangea macrophylla, Almy Rd.

Geranium, Geranium sp. several locations

False sunflower, Heliopsis helianthoides, Greenhouse garden

Snapdragon, Antirrhinum sp., Greenhouse garden

Common thyme, Thymus vulgaris, Greenhouse garden

Zinnea, Zinnea sp., Greenhouse garden

Lysianthus, Eustoma sp., Greenhouse garden

Anise hyssop, Agastache foeniculum, Greenhouse garden

Delphinium, Delphinium sp., Greenhouse garden

Speedwell, Veronica spicata Greenhouse garden

Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifolia, Greenhouse garden

Verbena, Verbena sp., Greenhouse garden

Cosmos, Cosmos bipinnatus, Greenhouse garden

Sunflower, Helianthus sp., Greenhouse garden

Ageratum, Ageratum sp., Greenhouse garden

Globe amaranth, Gomphrena sp., Greenhouse garden

Strawflower, Helichrysum bracteatum, Greenhouse garden

Marigold, Tagetes sp., Several locations


Mount Auburn Rap by Maria Lindberg

The squill is a thrill

Chionodoxa really rocks ya

Pansies and crocus bring it all into focus

Spice bush and lilacs delight the senses

Ivy twines around cast iron fences

Vinca hosta azealea silverbell

Escort the traveler on the way to the Dell

Orioles flit from spruce to beech

Hawks fly above with a warning screech

Turtles and bullfrogs and muskrats abound

Owls in their nests make nary a sound

Kingfishers herons and cormorants as well

Robins and phoebes have a story to tell

The Metasequoia of Auburn Lake

A perch for hawks and a migratory break

For warblers in May luring birders far and wide

Wonder and song are the gifts they provide

The American elm and the mighty oak

Guard the eternal sleep of the silent folk

Of Mount Auburn Cemetery


 If you see a tree or plant in bloom that is not on this list, please leave a comment below or email us at

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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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