Looking for ideas
So, I have a special spot on my property. Beautiful, humungous rocks, grape vines, a 100 year old merry-go-round, when you're up there you feel like you're in the middle of nowhere. But, it is also a very special spot because I had an amazing horse for 26 years, who I had to say goodbye to last summer, and she is buried there. I planned this year to do some plantings up there, and just never did. My life has been a little strange these last 6 months. So, now I have the long winter to decide what I'm going to do up there. I want to plant around her grave. I had planned on lining it with rocks.....well, I'm thinking of finding some type of shrub/bush to border this grave, in like a horseshoe shape. Rhodies? I don't know much about them, but it's fairly shady up there, some sun in the morning, but large oak trees surround this area, and block out much of the sunlight in the afternoon. I would like some sort of shrub/bush. I really like wine and roses weigela, the burgundy color, but think it requires more sun than that space can provide. Spirea, needs sun. So, I'm looking for suggestions on what to use, something good in shade, and a bonus would be something that blooms often throughout the season.
It needs something special. Something beautiful to mark the area of her grave....a place where I spend many summer afternoons. And, occasionally, I'll take a good friend up there, sit on the rocks, eat some grapes, and just visit.