Plant Walk through Mount Auburn Cemetery

Tree peony
‘High-ranking Official’ Tree Peony (Paeonia suffructicosa)

I had a brief window this afternoon between my last appointment and daycare pick-up, so I paid a visit to Mount Auburn Cemetary in Cambridge.  Opened in 1831, Mount Auburn bills itself as the oldest large-scale, designed landscape in the United States.  It is a great place to see mature specimen trees, and much of the plant material is labeled.  It’s also a quiet oasis right across the river from hectic Boston — this afternoon, all I heard were the cardinals and robins delighting in worms fleeing the moist soil.

Beech with lamiastrum
European beech (Fagus sylvatica) with yellow archangel (lamiastrum)

With their shallow, thirsty roots, beeches are notoriously difficult to plant under.  Lamiastrum can be aggressive to the point of weediness, so this is a match made in heaven.

Landscape scene of mature trees
Purple beech, Japanese umbrella pine (Sciadopitys verticillata), and English holly (Ilex aquipernii)
Landscape scene
Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris) above slope of Russian carpet cypress (Microbiota decussata)
Hardy geranium
Hardy cranesbill (Geranium cantabrigiense ‘Biokovo’)
Spring blooming landscape
Lilac, azaleas, and native dogwood (Cornus florida) in bloom
Lilac blossoms
Lilac blossoms (Syringa vulgaris)
Azaleas in flower beneath a green Japanese Maple
Azaleas in flower beneath a green Japanese maple (Acer palmatum)

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