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Question: cemetery plants


hello, I would like to know which plants I could put in the cemetery in winter and in summer, they would be exposed to every atmosphere having to stay in a field, thanking you in advance Gloria.

Reply : cemetery plants


Dear Gloria,
near a tomb it is advisable to put an evergreen plant, very vigorous, and that requires little care, that in short is able to survive on its own, even only with rain water, in the sun and in the cold, depending on the seasons.
In addition to this much depends on how much space you have available, because I believe that a large shrub, which becomes up to two or three meters tall, is not indicated.
Fortunately, in the nursery you will find many dwarf plants, or compact plants, that do not need constant pruning to stay small.
The plants that are often used in cemeteries are roses, which however must be pruned at least once a year, in order to have a beautiful and abundant flowering.
Other typical cemetery plants are the creeping junipers, very beautiful and resistant, or other dwarf or prostrate conifers, which remain beautiful throughout the year, despite having no colored flowers.
You can also think of cotoneaster or pyracantha, which have beautiful evergreen foliage, white spring flowers and colored berries for all autumn and winter; I recommend the cotoneaster horizontalis, which has a prostrate growth, with red berries; and among the pyracanthas choose dwarf and compact varieties, generally the name of the varieties of pyracantha nana is that of the tribes of the Native Americans, pyracantha type "Apache", to give you an example. The pyracantha nane have the advantage of a very compact development, and generally do not exceed 60-70 cm in height; in addition to this many dwarf varieties of pyracantha are without thorns, which makes them more manageable and facilitates any pruning.
Even the hebes and the boxers are very beautiful, and you will certainly find them in a very compact development nursery, or the heather, which often suffers if placed in an excessively hot place.
Otherwise you can think of rosemary and lavender, which are often not considered ornamental plants, but instead have a beautiful growth habit, are resistant to drought and cold, and the flowering has nothing to envy to that of more decorative plants.
I recommend though, even if you choose a hardy and rustic shrub, I remind you that at the time of planting it will need some care, otherwise I doubt that it can remain beautiful and lush for a long time.
So, for the first 4-5 months remember to water the shrub, and to check that it can root itself at its best; afterwards you can let it be satisfied with the water carried by the weather.