Blooms at Mount Auburn

June 16, 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 July 16, 2018

Silk tree, Albizia julibrissin, Fountain Ave.

Sourwood, Oxydendrum arboretum, Spruce Ave.

Goldenrain tree, Koelreuteria paniculata, several locations

Bottlebrush buckeye, Aesculus parviflora, Fountain Ave.

Chinese beautyberry, Callicarpa dichotoma, Asa Gray Garden

Balloon flower, Platycodon grandiflorus, several locations

Japanese spiraea, Spiraea japonica, several locations

Smooth hydrangea, Hydrangea arborescans, Chestnut Ave.

Oak-leaf hydrangea, Hydrangea quercifolia, many locations

Bigleaf hydrangea, Hydrangea macrophylla, several locations

Japanese stewartia, Stewartia pseudocamellia, Mountain Ave.

Fountain grass, Pennisetum ‘Karly Rose’, Flagpole

Bee blossom, Gaura lindheimeri, Flagpole

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

Catalpa, Catalpa xerubescans, Weigela Path

False aster, Boltonia asteroides, Greenhouse garden

Sea-holly, Eryngium amethystinum, Greenhouse garden

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

False sunflower, Heliopsis helianthoides, Greenhouse garden

Gerbera daisy, Gerbera sp., Greenhouse garden

Snapdragon, Antirrhium sp., Greenhouse garden

Goldenrod, Solidago sp. Mountain Ave.

Astilbe, Astilbe sp., several locations

Jackman clematis, Clematis xjackmanii, Admin. bldg.

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

Rose, Rosa sp., many locations

Leadplant, Amorpha canescens, Mountain Ave.

Coneflower, Echinacea purpurea, Mountain Ave.

Butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa, Mountain Ave.

Lanceleaf coreopsis, Coreopsis lanceolata, Mountain Ave.

Daisy fleabane, Erigeron annuus, Mountain Ave.

Yellow hawkweed, Hieracium caespitosum, Mountain Ave.

Bladder campion, Silene vulgaris, Mountain Ave.

Bellflower, Campanula persicifolia, Yew Ave.

Rose-of-Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus, Sparrow Path

Golden St. Johnswort, Hypericum frondosum ‘Sunburst’ Laurel Ave.

Sweet bay magnolia, Magnolia virginiana, several locations

Gayfeather, Liatris spicata, several locations

Staghorn sumac, Rhus typhina, Spruce Ave.

Heather, Calluna vulgaris, Garden Ave.

Catmint, Nepeta xfaasenii, Garden Ave.

Sedum, Sedum sp., Garden Ave.

Bugbane, Actaea racemosa, Dell Path

Chinese chestnut, Castanea mollissima, Gladiolus Path

Lance-leaved loosestrife, Lysimachia hybrida, Dell Path

Petunia, Petunia sp., Lawn Ave.

Canna lily, Canna sp., Fountain Ave.

Pink-flower indigo, Indigofera amblyantha, Linden Path

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

Pincushion Flower, Scabiosa columbaria Azalea Path

Threadleaf coreopsis, Coreopsis verticillata ‘Zagreb’, Azalea Path

Goat’s beard, Aruncus dioicus, Spruce Knoll

Water lily, Nymphaeaa odorata, Willow Pond, Auburn Lake

Pickerelweed, Pontederia cordata, Auburn Lake, Willow Pond

Fleeceflower Persicaria affinis, Birch Gardens

Hosta Hosta sp., several locations

Sweet shrub, Calycanthus sp. several locations

Shrubby cinquefoil, Potentilla fruticosa, several locations

Kousa dogwood, Cornus kousa, several locations

Goldenstar, Chrysogonum  virginianum, Garden Ave.

Gaillardia, Gaillardia sp., Ash Ave.

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

Begonia, Begonia sp., several locations

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

Beebalm, Monarda sp., Story Rd.

Yarrow, Achillea sp., Story Rd.

Lamb’s ears, Stachys byzantina, Story Rd.

Rhododendron, Rhododendron sp. several locations

Impatiens, Impatiens sp., Fountain Ave.

Creeping myrtle, Vinca minor, 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

Baptisia australis, Blue false indigo

June 5, 2018

Hey Blue

Ink on a pin

Underneath the skin

An empty space to fill in…

                -Joni Mitchell

We do not know what Joni Mitchell was thinking when she penned these words in 1970. Although, as with much fine artistry, there are multitudinous interpretations unknown to the artist. Herein with Baptisia australis, blue false indigo we focus on the flower color and the plant’s reliable capacity to fill in an empty space. Native from New York/Pennsylvania south to Texas and Georgia, this three-to-four-foot high and wide perennial, develops into a small shrub-like mass. Its alternate, leaves are palmately compound with three 1 ½ to 3-inch leaflets, developing into a bluish-green color. The flowers occur in late May – early June on long terminal racemes. Each flower is about 1-inch long, indigo-blue, although color ranges also to pale lavender or dark violet. (more…)

Hazel Path Woodland Sanctuary

June 5, 2018

Hazel Path, which traverses the steep, east-facing slope just below Washington Tower, is now being transformed into a “woodland sanctuary” that connects the Consecration Dell woodland to the wildflower meadow surrounding the Tower.  This exciting project continues our efforts to develop new burial space in a way that preserves and enhances our historic landscape.

The project breaks ground this June with plantings scheduled for early spring of 2019. (more…)