Perennials for a cemetary

neta1978May 23, 2007

Hi,

Does anyone know what perennials grow well in Goodwater, AL (near Birmingham)? I live in OH, but my parents are buried in AL and I would like to plant some flowers by their headstones this summer. I am looking for something with low maintenance since I am in OH, but will come back for few years without really being tended to. Any ideas....

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tsmith2579(7B)

As you amy already know, Goodwater is about 60 miles out of Birmingham. It is south and east. This is not a good year to do this unless ther is someone who can water the plants all summer. We are in the midst of a severe drought. If you can plant shrubs, I would suggest gardenias. If you are looking for bushy perennials which will die back each winter, I suggest a winter hardy lantana or a turk's turban malvaviscus. Finally, if you are just looking for flowers, why not echenacia or rudbeckia.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2007 at 12:28AM
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sugarhill(7)

If you want something that will come back for years and years and need little care, I recommend daylilies. I agree though that this is not the year to do it. We're having a tough time with drought all through the Southeast.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2007 at 9:35AM
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kabby_z8

I'm thinking bulbs also. Asiatic lilies, red spider lilies for the fall and for the ultimate drought tolerant plant, crinum!

    Bookmark   May 28, 2007 at 2:54AM
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vicki7(z7 N.Ga.)

Daffodils might also be a consideration. You could get the very early blooming ones, some mid-season, and late bloomers. Some of the sedums are also very tough. I have some which I don't know the name of, and I don't think you could kill it if you wanted to.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2007 at 2:22PM
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neta1978

Thanks guys for your help. I am going looking in a few weeks for some of your suggestions so we will see. Will definitely plant something when I come down since I'm too far away. Hopefully it lasts until I make it back down again. Once again....thanks

    Bookmark   June 12, 2007 at 12:17PM
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roseyp8255(z8 - SC AL)

if anyone thinks of something to plant IN the urn that will not need tending to, let me know - only thing i can think of at this point would be a cactus of some sort.....my mother LOVED to garden, and would much rather have something LIVING in the urns i had put on her headstone than the fake flowers i put up there each season. The church won't let me plant anything there....

    Bookmark   June 12, 2007 at 11:21PM
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