Grave planting


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The choice of plants

Grasses, dwarf shrubs or cut evergreens are good companions for upright tombstones. For recumbent stones, a back planting is recommended, so you do not have to look at the watering can and Schäufelchen the underlying grave. In front of the tombstone should be low plants that allow a clear view.

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Slow growth and decorative dark red foliage makes the hanging of the Blood Beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea Pendula') a valuable wood in the cemetery. The tree also tolerates a pruning

Grab care around the year

No grave comes without care. However, skilful plant selection minimizes maintenance to about four operations per year. In the spring, winter protection is removed and the grave is cleared of dead plant parts. In summer, flat-growing woody plants such as cotoneaster or creeping spindle must be trimmed once or twice depending on the size of the growth, as well as the woodblock shrubs like boxwood. Most ground cover shrubs eliminate this step. In addition, you should cut off the weeds and pluck weeds. In autumn, strongly growing groundcover are trimmed again. Remove excessively thick layers of leaves and withered parts of plants. Over the winter, the grave can be decorated with fir twigs. After a few years you should reduce to bulky ferns, ornamental grasses or perennials by cutting off.

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The Gold Allium (Allium moly) makes its grand entrance in May. The onion flower is prone to rotting and shows over the years an impressive flowering. In front of it grows the blue-green carpet juniper (Juniperus horizontalis)

Keep care low

A dense planting prevents the weeds from germinating at all. Very shallow-growing species like star moss or feather padding never have to be cut. Elven flowers or thick-males - strong growing ground cover with large leaves - have another advantage: they can easily overgrow autumn leaves. For tombs under large deciduous trees, they are a good choice. The better the plants adapt to growth conditions such as light and moisture, the healthier they grow. Think about how often you will come to care for now and in the future and whether you can water in the summer. All this affects the plant selection. Begin planting at the earliest six months after the funeral, as the earth will still settle during this time.

Ground cover for the grave planting

Choose the groundcover suitable for the growing conditions. Especially soil, light conditions and humidity are to be considered. Only then can the plants grow reliably and be easy to care for. On double graves, you can reach for taller, higher ground cover like foamy blooms or thick-males, while you make the better choice with small urn graves with dainty species such as feather cushions or thorns. Best planting time is the spring, robust groundcover can also fall on the grave. Plant relatively tight. In the first months must be watered regularly. Foot plates make work easier.

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From a distance, the white leaf margins of the creeping spindle shine ('Emerald Gaiety'). Two cherry laurel tree trunks make a nice contrast with their dark foliage. They should be kept compact by cutting

Ornamental woody plants

Suitable are deciduous and coniferous trees, which are not higher than two meters, otherwise the proportions on the grave are no longer true. Always plant slow-growing species. In addition to evergreen classics such as boxwood, mahonia, holly and numerous different-colored conifer dwarf forms, species and varieties with colored leaves (for example Japanese maples) or flowers (for example, azaleas or ground cover roses) come into question. Of course only under the condition that the existing location also fits the desired plant. The arrangement of stems, columns or spheres on the limited area significantly influences the harmonious overall impression. Asymmetric plantings increase the space visually, also increases the depth effect when ground cover and frame plants extend to the grave stone. Ornamental trees are best placed at the top of the tomb, next to the tombstone and at the edges or corners. Depending on the space, a maximum of two to five small specimens are used.

Symbolic plants

Plants with symbolic character are very popular for the grave planting, for example, forget-me-not (Myosotis sylvatica), commemorative (Omphalodes verna), bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis), cowslip (Primula veris) and the lily (Lilium), which for centuries as a symbol of the Faith stands. This way you can express your own feelings, but also describe the character of the deceased.Shrubs and trees also have their own special symbolism, such as the Tree of Life (Thuja) and the Hanging Kitten Willow (Salix caprea 'Pendula').

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