What’s Blooming in Boston: Oakleaf Hydrangeas

Oakleaf hydrangea

Oakleaf hydrangea, Sitting Grove, Boston Mandarin Oriental Hotel

These oakleaf hydrangeas are blossoming in the Sitting Grove between Boston’s Mandarin Oriental hotel and the Shops at Prudential Center. The Sitting Grove isn’t as popular as the Pru’s South Garden, even though it’s open to the public. It’s smaller, and shadier, more intimate and out-of-the-way.

Tobias Wolf designed a cool oasis for this roof garden on top of a 1964 parking garage in the middle of a mall, and it is growing greener every year; the photos on Wolf’s site don’t do justice to the Grove today. It’s lush and airy, a lovely place to be alone in the middle of the city.