Tips for low-maintenance grave planting and

A beautiful and well-kept grave is, so to speak, the last service one can render to a deceased. Nevertheless, the grave planting should be easy to care for – after all, you can’t take care of a grave as intensively as you can your own garden or balcony. Here you will find the best tips for grave planting and subsequent grave care.

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The best tips for low-maintenance grave planting

Preparing for the grave planting

The most important question when planning a grave planting is the location. Because depending on whether the location of the grave is sunny or shady, certain plants are particularly suitable and others are not. For example, succulents such as houseleek and sedum, which are particularly robust and easy to care for, are suitable for sunny locations.

When designing a grave with plants, there is another decisive factor: the gravestone. Dwarf shrubs and grasses are suitable for an upright tombstone. If the tombstone is lying, it makes sense to plant it behind it, which offers privacy to the grave behind it. The plants in front of the grave, on the other hand, should be low so that they do not cover the gravestone.


The selection of grave plants

The question of which plants are best suited for low-maintenance grave planting is not that easy to answer. Evergreen ground covers, which ideally also have flowers, are particularly popular. They form a particularly easy-care grave planting because they do not have to be replaced and also prevent weeds from growing rampant.

The following grave plants are very popular:

  • creep spindle
  • Golden Strawberry (Waldsteinia)
  • lilac pads
  • ivy

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Also popular are grave plants that have a symbolic meaning. With them you can not only commemorate the deceased, but also, for example, express your hope or joie de vivre.

Symbolic plants:

  • forget Me Not
  • crying heart
  • lily
  • memorial
  • cowslip
  • Thuja

Incidentally, when choosing the grave plants, you can also use the plants that the deceased particularly liked as a guide. You should also really like the plants yourself, so that taking care of the grave doesn’t become a burden.

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The construction of the grave planting

The typical structure of a grave planting looks like this:

  1. On the tombstone: a “frame tree” (e.g. boxwood) that connects the tombstone and ground cover
  2. Across the entire grave: ground cover as easy-care permanent planting.
  3. In the middle: fresh flowers adapted to the season.

You can make the job easier by planting the rotating vegetation in a burial tray instead of directly in the ground.

Grave planting according to the seasons

Grave planting in spring

  • anemones
  • Horned Violet
  • daisies
  • forget Me Not
  • tulips

Grave planting in summer

  • Flaming Katie
  • Dipladenia
  • begonia
  • hussar head

Grave planting in autumn

  • chrysanthemums
  • Erika
  • gentian
  • heather

Grave planting in winter

  • periwinkle
  • Little Winterling
  • Golden Strawberry (Waldsteinia)
  • snowdrop
  • Houseleek and fat hen


Grave maintenance tips

In order for the grave planting to be successful, the following things should be observed:

  1. If you replace the grave planting, you should always use new soil, since cemetery soil is often rooted.
  2. Certain trees, such as boxwood and creeping spindles, must be trimmed in summer.
  3. Strongly growing ground covers are cut back in autumn.


Do you have any other tips for dignified design of a grave with plants, please write them in the comments.

Incidentally, you can find interesting and fascinating facts about death in the following articles:

Sources: mdr, my-beautiful-garden, plants

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