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The Most Meaningful Flowers to Plant for Remembrance

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Lifestyle Improvement

Posted On: Mar 22, 2017

The Most Meaningful Flowers to Plant for Remembrance

Planting flowers, herbs, or other plants is a meaningful, touching way to remember someone. Starting a garden as a memorial to someone you've lost gives you a way to manage your grief, nurture your healing process, and remember the person. You have to tend to flowers, after all, and it also helps to look into what they mean or symbolize before choosing what to plant. If you don't have the time to maintain a full garden or want to get started with a flower garden, here are the meanings behind a few favorite memorial plantings to help you get started.

Roses

Roses are probably the most popular memorial flower and with good reason. The blossoms are beautifully and, if cared for properly, rose bushes will either bloom twice throughout the summer or sporadically all throughout their growing season. They're also long-lasting flowers – they can flourish for up to 50 years, if not longer. Roses are also well-known for their deep meanings. Red roses are for love, while yellow roses speak of deep friendship. In remembrance of a spouse, you can plant sweetheart roses. For a lost child, baby roses are a meaningful symbol.

Forget-Me-Nots

The name alone explains why these are popular for memorial gardens. In addition to being lovely, delicate wildflowers, the stunning blue blooms are robust and hardy. They're easy to grow and take care of, plus they're able to grow in moderate or partial shade.

Red Poppies

Red poppies, in particular, denote remembrance. Out of all the different colored poppies, red is for remembering. Look at the poppy fields in France. The blossoms are somehow both cheery and somehow sad—something about the vibrant red hue and the black centers put one in mind of mourning. Caring for poppies is practically effortless, and since the flowers frequently reseed on their own, they tend to multiply.

Baby's Breath

Baby's breath is so much more than a filler flower. The delicate sprigs are beautiful and sweet. The white blooms look so innocent. Not surprisingly, many people include them in memorial gardens created to remember babies and children who have died.

Rosemary

Rosemary is an herb that looks more like a shrub when encouraged to flourish, so it doesn't really classify as a flower. It does bloom with blue blossoms every spring, however, and it's worthy of inclusion anyway because it's associated with remembering lost loved ones. It's also practical—you can cook with it, which adds another layer of remembrance to your memorial.

This is just a way to get started if you're looking for activities to help you get through your grief and honor the person you lost. Do you know of any other plants or flowers that symbolize remembrance?