Plants for tombstone

Question: plants for a tombstone

good morning, my father died a few months ago and choosing the tombstone I created a small flowerbed where you can plant small perennial plants placing between them from time to time annual plants ... this would be the idea. I wanted to know what is most suitable for this situation, in full sun.

Plants for tombstone: Answer: plant for a tombstone

Dear Sonia,
I'm sorry for your loss, excellent the idea of ​​placing a small flowerbed next to the tombstone, to be able to remember your father every day of the year with a beautiful plant. Not knowing where you live it is not easy to point out the most suitable plants, because the Sicilian climate is not identical to that of Veneto, and therefore a small shrub that can withstand the winter climate of Rovigo, may not survive the summer of Syracuse. In addition to this much depends on how the flowerbed is structured: usually in the cemeteries the flowerbeds are small and shallow, and around there is gravel, which in summer causes a strong reverberation, which causes record temperatures and almost constant drought, less water than rain, and unless some good person does not devote himself to watering every day, from June until the end of August. For this reason usually cemeteries are difficult to see rose plants or other shrubs, because although they are quite resistant to heat and cold, in a tiny flowerbed with little soil and poor watering, they tend to perish quickly, especially in the central and southern regions . Generally for these situations succulent plants are chosen, with fleshy leaves, so that they can endure even long periods of drought. Because the main problem in cemeteries is drought, as there is hardly an irrigation system and the gravel used or marbles tend to increase the problems related to summer heat. Of course it is also possible a better scenario than the one I proposed: a place in the central north of Italy, a cemetery completely covered with turf (apart from the gravestones) and someone who daily (or even every two days) looks after your father's tombstone ; in this case then you can think of using roses, or dwarf boxwood hedges, or pyracantha or cotoneaster, in order to have an evergreen shrub. If, on the other hand, it is a more conventional situation, choose a succulent, such as a sedum: even if it completely perishes in the winter months, you can think about bringing some violets, which will bloom throughout the cold season, and the sedum will resume growing spring arrival, when the violets will be replaced. Also for the annuals it could be a problem, apart in winter, where violets or other small plants are perfectly adapted to the cold and the direct sun, in the rest of the year choose mesembriantemi, portulache, or anyway any small plant with fleshy foliage, which does not suffer excessively from drought.