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When our parents pass away, we have to try to deal with the loss, as well as plan the funeral and burial service. If you have siblings like I do, this time can become even more complicated, or it can be made a little easier. How do you divide the responsibilities? How to you resolve disputes? Sometimes, dealing with family after a parent has passed can be just as difficult as saying your final goodbye. For a few tips to help you and your family get through these difficult days more easily, visit my website. There, you will find a list of things that can help you get through it.

The Best Seasonal Flowers and Plants to Honor Your Loved One's Resting Place

Take time each season throughout the year to honor those that have passed with something special. Plant flowers and plants that will thrive in the weather and region year round! Talk with landscapers and gardening retailers about additional options for your specific geographic location.

Keep the climate and season in mind when choosing outdoor plants and flowers.


Spring is the time when many people make time to plant something beautiful at a grave or on a family plot with the purpose of it blooming all summer long. There are some low-maintenance, hardy options that you can choose that will ensure a burst of color for months to come.

Some feasible spring options are:

  • Dainty Virginia bluebells
  • Hardy purple viola
  • Delicate irises
  • Multicolored geraniums
  • Dramatic black-eyed Susan
  • Intriguing echinacea


In the summer, practically any plant, annual, or seedling has a good chance of thriving and prospering. The key might be to find flower options that can go without water for a while, since you may only visit the cemetery or site weekly. Some drought-resistant options that you can pot or plant include purple lavender, frosty sedum, pink-tipped succulents, and green cacti.


Fall is not only the best time to plant your spring bulbs to bloom later on but also possibly your last chance to honor the site with flowers before the snow flies. Bring some color and life to the site with these fall planting options.

Mums are a hardy, cool-weather option that will last up until the first frost. These come in a wide range of vibrant options and are easily accessible widely.

Just as your summer plants and flowers fade, beautiful pansies bloom. These are found often in shades of purple and lavender with a touch of bright yellow.

Pretty yellow Inula grows quite tall and resembles wildflowers.

Chinese lanterns thrive in the fall and feature beautiful scarlet-red blossoms.


Winter is the perfect time to place a wreath on the gravesite of a loved one, but what kind of wreath will last longest? In warm or mild climates, choose fresh evergreen wreaths. In cooler locations, cedar and pine wreaths will last the longest and stay fresh for weeks.

Just because cooler temperatures are in the forecast doesn't mean you can't plant something stunning at your loved one's resting place. Take some time this fall to choose what you want to bloom in the spring and plant bulbs before the ground freezes. Make each season a reason to honor loved ones that have passed with color and beauty. 

For more advice about what flowers are appropriate to commemorate the lives of your loved ones who have passed on, consult a funeral home.