Blooms at Mount Auburn

July 8, 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 July 15, 2019

Golden St. Johnswort, Hypericum frondosum, Walnut Ave.

Sourwood, Oxydendrum arboreum, Garden Ave.

Japanese stewartia, Stewartia pseudocamellia, Mountain Ave.

Montbretia, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, Rosebay Path

Jackman clematis, Clematis xjackmanii, Admin. bldg.

Daylily, Hemerocallis ‘Stella d’Oro’, Story Rd.

Japanese iris, Iris ensata, Asa Gray garden

Bigleaf hydrangea, Hydrangea macrophylla, several locations

Beautyberry, Callicarpa dichotoma, Asa Gray garden

Goldenrain tree, Koelreuteria paniculata, Spruce Ave.

Bottlebrush buckeye, Aesculus parviflora, Fountain Ave.

Ural falsespirea, Sorbaria sorbifolia, Birch Ave.

Ballon flower, Platycodon grandiflorus, Several locations

Fountain grass, Pennisetum ‘Karly Rose’, Flagpole

Common daylily, Hemerocalis fulva, many locations

Japanese spiraea, Spiraea japonica, several locations

Begonia, Begonia sp., several locations

Sedum, Sedum sp., Poplar Path

Catalpa, Catalpa xerubescans, Weigela Path

Dephinium, Delphinium sp., Greenhouse garden

Sea holly, Eryngium alpinum, Greenhouse garden

Zinnia, Zinnea sp., Greenhouse garden

False sunflower, Heliopsis helianthoides, Greenhouse garden

Speedwell, Veronica spicata, Greenhouse garden

Snapdragon, Antirrhium sp., Greenhouse garden

Yarrow, Achillea sp., Greenhouse garden

Sunflower, Helianthus sp., Greenhouse garden

Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifolia, Greenhouse garden

Statice, Limonium latifolium, Greenhouse garden

False aster, Boltonia asteroides, Greenhouse garden

Leadplant, Amorpha canescens, Mountain Ave.

Lanceleaf coreopsis, Coreopsis lanceolata, Mountain Ave.

Coneflower, Echinacea purpurea, Mountain Ave.

Butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa, Mountain Ave.

Daisy fleabane, Erigeron annuus, Mountain Ave.

Bladder campion, Silene vulgaris, Mountain Ave.

Ohio spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis, Mountain Ave.

Gayfeather, Liatris spicata, Hazel Path

Germander, Teucrium canadense, Central Ave.

Wintergreen, Gaultheria procumbens, Hazel Path

Canna lily, Canna sp., Fountain Ave.

New Guinea impatiens, Impatiens sp., Fountain Ave.

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

Rose, Rosa sp., many locations

Creeping bellflower, Campanula rapunculoides, Rosebay Path

Amur Maackia, Maackia amurensis, Crystal Ave.

Alumroot, Heuchera sp., several locations

Foam flower, Tiarella cordifolia, Fountain Ave.

Snowball viburnum,Viburnum plicatum ‘Grandiflorum’ Swan Ave.

Linden, Tilia sp., several locations

Astilbe, Astilbe sp., Asa Gray garden, Chapel Ave.

Sweet bay magnolia, Magnolia virginiana, several locations

Chinese chestnut, Castanea mollissima, Dielytra Path

Oak-leaf hydrangea, Hydrangea quercifolia, many locations

Swamp azalea, Rhododendron viscosum, Hazel Path

Clematis, Clematis ‘Betty Corning’, Clematis Path

Smooth hydrangea, Hydrangea arborescans, several locations

Kousa dogwood, Cornus kousa, several locations

Catmint, Nepeta ‘Blue Wonder’, Azalea Path

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

Threadleaf coreopsis, Coreopsis verticillata ‘Zagreb’, Azalea Path

Beebalm, Monarda sp., Azalea Path

Water lily, Nymphaeaa odorata, Willow Pond

Pickerelweed, Pontederia cordata, Willow Pond

Pink-flower indigo, Indigofera ambylantha, Linden Path

Hosta Hosta sp., many locations

Sweet shrub, Calycanthus sp. several locations

Shrubby cinquefoil, Potentilla fruticosa, Asphodel Path

Bloody cranesbill geranium, Geranium sanguineum, Yew Ave.

Wild bleeding heart, Dicentra eximia, Main office

Yellow hawkweed, Hieracium caespitosum, Mountain Ave.

Spotted dead nettle, Lamium ‘White Nancy’, Vesper Ave.

Rhododendron, Rhododendron sp. several locations

Creeping mint, Meehania cordata, Fountain Ave.

Creeping myrtle, Vinca minor, several locations




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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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