In every country, beautiful flowers are brought to the grave of a deceased person in order to pay their last respects. This has nothing to do with any particular religion or custom.
To decorate the grave they often use low-maintenance perennial flowers for the cemetery, which do not need much water for normal growth. They grow throughout the summer and do not need a well-lit place. There are quite a few species of these plants, but it is worth planting only the most suitable ones on the grave to avoid breaking the centuries-old tradition.
The most suitable plants for graves
Firstly you should know exactly what kind of soil the grave has:
- clay soil;
- black earth.
You should also know if the lightness of the grave is big or semi-shadow. This will influence the choice of plant variety. There are such plants that are characterized by their unpretentiousness. They are not afraid of penumbra and drought.
Specialists do not recommend decorating tombs rather rare expensive plants. The fact is that they can simply be stolen.
For grave decoration are excellent those plants that weave on the surface of the ground. Over time, they will grow and form a beautiful "green carpet." The periwinkle is recommended as the most suitable carpet plant for planting in the cemetery.
In the very beginning of the spring period, the periwinkle blooms very pretty flowers, colored in a rich blue color. In July, however, the grave will be covered with lush bright green grass. Such a flower is able to suppress the growth of weeds. Thanks to it the grave always looks neat and tidy.
But the periwinkle has besides advantages also disadvantages, namely that it grows quite strongly and is able to move to the neighboring grave.
The plants that grow in bunches are excellent for the cemetery, for example:
Iris has always been considered a mourning plant. For this reason it can be safely planted on the grave.
These plants should be planted as close together as possible on the grave, leaving no empty spaces between the bushes. It is best that these wispy flowers cover the surface of the grave completely.
They bloom at the beginning of the spring period. In the first days of June, their blooming ends.
If you do not want to plant flowers, you can think about replacing them with other plants. A compact tree or shrub, for example, is an excellent choice. The best choice for planting in the cemetery would be:
- thin birch;
No large trees should be planted in the cemetery, the fact is that their powerful root system, can spoil the monument, and it will also deprive another deceased person to be buried near this grave.
Flowers suitable for grave decoration
In Eastern countries, irises have long been called "flowers of the dead". But over time, the traditions of the various nations have mingled, and because of this a large number of people now seek to take beautiful purple iris flowers with them to the cemetery.
In Greece, it is customary to place pansies or dark violets on the grave of the deceased. And Germans use sunflowers to express their sorrow for the deceased.
Even in ancient Russia there was a tradition to use strawberry bushes for grave decoration. The ripe berries were pecked by birds, and it was a symbol of grief for the deceased person. If you want not to violate tradition, it is recommended to choose yourself what suits you best in this situation.
But when choosing appropriate plants, you must take into account that they must be unpretentious. And also such flowers should retain their attractive appearance for a long time.
The fact is that rarely anyone has time to frequently visit the cemetery to care for flowers and remove weeds. Experts advise to opt for compact perennials. For example:
Sedums or phloxes can be used to form borders on the grave. They will look very beautiful and hold their shape for a long time.
You can also decorate the grave with pretty flowers that bloom in the springtime. However, this is only if you have the opportunity to go to the cemetery several times a year. So, for planting you can use:
- podding flowers;
After the snow melts almost completely in spring, these plants will begin to bloom. They will decorate the grave at a time when everywhere will be gray and dreary.
If you planted dwarf flowers in the cemetery, then they should definitely be given more attention. The fact is that if there is a fence on the grave, these flowers will not be able to grow wide.
What should you pay attention to: the flowering or the flower form?
Remember that plants should be planted so that during their flowering the grave looked not strongly mottled, but neat. So, an excellent option would be to plant periwinkles, which will create a beautiful "green carpet", and also plant pretty blue flowers. In this case the grave will look well-groomed throughout the season, because the periwinkle will not let weeds grow.
Also when choosing a suitable plant for planting, you should consider that it should be necessarily drought-resistant. The fact is that the grave itself is almost always low in moisture content. Thus, plants that tolerate drought well include:
Such flowers are bunches and look very beautiful during flowering. You won't have to spend money on artificial bouquets in the spring for the parent, as such flowers can completely replace them.
It should be remembered that the soil at the grave is poor in almost all cases, as no one has ever fertilized it. It is often loam or clay. Therefore it is simply not suitable for growing, for example, a rosebush.
The following plants are recommended for planting at the cemetery:
- mogon wood;
- corner birch.
The roots of such trees do not go deep into the soil, so they cannot damage the monument.
Such plants have a high percentage of survival rate, and they normally grow and develop without any human participation.
In case you do not have time to visit the cemetery in order to care for the planted plants, it is recommended to plant daisies around the grave. These little grasses only need to pinch off the tops once a year and that's it.
For graves in the shade such plants as:
- snowflies are suitable.
The most drought-tolerant plants suitable for grave decorations are:
- decorative milkweed;
If there is time for relatively frequent visits to the cemetery, annuals may well be planted on the grave. However, they should be watered regularly and weeds removed.
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