A memorial garden can be as small as a single tree or plant or as large as an over-sized flowerbed or garden with many different flowers, ornamental grasses, and even shrubs and trees, depending on how much space you have. Where you locate your garden will depend on the size of that space and/or the type of plants you want. You could choose a quiet, private spot or one with a favorite view or meaning to the deceased.
When choosing a site, just remember that to have a successful garden you need to choose the right plants to fit the soil, sun, and other growing conditions. If you live in an apartment, or don’t have a backyard, you can still create a memorial garden! Tie a colorful ribbon around a pot of rosemary or a miniature rose and keep it by your desk with a picture or memento of your loved one.
On a deck or patio, you can fill a special container with a few choice perennials that you can move indoors to overwinter when the weather turns cold. You can also ask your city officials to see if you can have a tree planted at a park or near a town landmark or building in memory of your loved one. You can also have a beautiful ponds with koi fish in the middle of your garden. A good pond just add to beauty for your garden. But to maintain the pond, You must have good pond pumps, more on how you can choose the best pond pumps in 2018 later in this article.
My UK Garden Diary
Last year, cool weather plus bad arthritis contributed to the patio garden getting ratty in August. Powdery mildew was a problem. Clearly, I needed to dig up the beds, amend the soil with new organic material, and break up my clay dirt which keeps turning into unfired ceramic.
Arthritis and a pinched nerve in my neck made it too difficult. Finally, this spring, I hired a gardener who dug up almost everything and replaced the top six inches with organic Gro-Power. He probably thought I was nuts for sniffing the black dirt in his truck bed, but it smelled like UK farmland soil.
The fuschia added to this barrel, incongruously, is named Winston Churchill. Pansies around it will get covered over when it gets going. White bleeding hearts plants bracketing the barrel didn’t bloom for long, but their foliage is lovely. Below, left: shade garden with calla lilies (from last year), a new shooting star hydrangea, blue lobelias, white English daisies, regular daisies, and lavender petunias.
Below, right: flowerbed with irises in back, delphiniums in the middle (note left-hand one with blue blossoms about to open, it has a stealth bomb in it I was not expecting), white nemesia in front. Cat at usual on dirt in front of happy peach tree. Herb patch beat back to size. Notice the unhappy weird pot plant with the purple blossoms. I bought it three years ago and can’t remember what it is. Terribly pot-bound, it will soon be liberated! The red geranium clashing with everything else is also from a few years ago, nipped from the huge planters that are everywhere in my city. If they grow there, they’ll grow in my yard, I reasoned!
Choosing the right plants for your garden
When selecting plants for a memorial garden, think about your loved one’s favorite flowers. You may wish to include many of their favorites if possible. Did that person love daisies or roses? Prefer hostas or ornamental grases? Did he or she have a favorite season such as spring, making a bulb garden of daffodils, tulips, and other spring bloomers the perfect tribute?
How about the fragrances or colors that evoke fond memories? Perhaps the scent of lavender or roses reminds you of that person. If red was his or her favorite color, consider planting a garden consisting primarily of red flowers with a single accent color such as white or yellow. For example, you could plant a mixed bed of red impatiens, geraniums, and roses mixed with white daisies.
What about plants that have specific meanings, such as forget-me-nots (memories), rosemary (remembrance), poppies (rest or eternal sleep), yellow tulips (friendship), or pink carnations (I’ll never forget you). If the memorial is for a baby or young child, plant daisies for innocence or white lilies for purity. Plant sweetheart roses to remember a spouse. Or if your memorial garden is a single tree, plant an oak for strength or a yew for immortality.
If honoring a veteran, try a red, white, and blue garden, including varieties such as red poppies and daylilies, white phlox and peonies, and blue Jacob’s ladder and Siberian irises. Even though you will probably want to include a mix of flowers and other greenery, don’t forget to keep proportion in mind. Place taller plants in the back, smaller ones in the front, for example. What makes it a memorial garden though is that comes from our hearts. Don’t worry whether your planting fits rules of design or will be appreciated by others. Do what is most meaningful for you.
Why You Need Pond Pumps
Pond pumps provides a healthy and clear pond. In a natural pond the water, soil, plants, and animals all live in harmony. Most beginning pond-keepers buy pumps for filtration. What you do need is to have suitable submerged & emergent planting, so that the nutrients which build up naturally in the water are taken up by plant growth. Thus pond fish and water plants find the pond more to their liking and you will be confronted with fewer diseased fish and less pond maintenance.
- No one comes along to clean the pond or to aerate it.
- When choosing a pump for filtration, the gph (gallons per hour) of the pump is the most important consideration.
- If possible, the pond surface should be at or near ground level to allow amphibians to access it, so I’d ditch the wooden surround as a first step, at least, and try & sink it deeper into the ground if the water surface is more than 6 inches above ground level.
- Often too many fish are swimming in the pond.
- There is no big man-made filtration system that keeps the water clean.
In addition, the type of pond you have will determine what power your pump will need. Your filtration system’s capacity also needs to meet your desired flow rate. As a result of this the water is becoming dirty and fish will get insufficient oxygen. The common advice is that a pond liner is artificial and a pond built with it will never reach a natural state where the water, plants, and animals live in harmony the way they do in a natural pond. If you have a koi pond, you know how much they eat and how much waste they can generate. […]