The loss of a loved one is difficult to overcome and will often never be reconciled completely. Sometimes involvement in constructive projects can redirect our feelings of sadness and loss. Perhaps you can honor the subject of your loss by planting a memory garden in their honor.
A recent design for a friend prompted me to consider pink and blue plant materials for a shaded area. The design is to honor her parents. It is to include favorite colors and plant material of the lost loved ones and help dedicate the garden to their memory.
Planning a Garden to Honor Parents
Combine pink and blue specimens for shade gardens from the following plant material:
• Heleborus orientalis (Lenten Rose)
• Dicentra(Bleeding Heart)
• Daffodils (Pink Daffodils)
• Ageratum (Blue Danube)
• Big-Root Geranium
• Hydrangea (Blue Billow)
• Phlox Paniculata (Pinks and Blues)
• Columbine (Blue)
• Aster (Blue Autumn)
• Pulmonaria (Jack Frost)
• Aucuba japonica
These combinations include many perennials, with blooms from late winter until autumn freeze. The plan allows for annuals in coordinating colors to fill the gaps during all seasons. Some part-shade specimens, such as the Hydrangea may be located on the edge of the garden to get sun and provide shade.
After establishing plant material for the memory garden, include benches and statuary appropriately. A hidden bench accompanied by a trickling fountain provides an area for reflection and remembrance.
Trumpet shaped flowers, birdhouses and feeders draw companions to the memorial garden, where one may remember the loved ones’ delight in tiny hummingbirds and colorful butterflies.
This is one of many plans for a garden to honor a loved ones’ passing. If necessary, a single container cared for with love can provide a memorial to one gone on before.