Answer: You might consider a smaller variety of rose with good disease resistance and ornamental hips to provide winter interest, underplanted with a flowering groundcover such as Ajuga (spreads but easily contained by periodic pulling along the perimeter.) Check with the cemetery owner or administrator to be sure your plans meet any guidelines they may have for plantings. Also, a quick look at nearby graves in similar growing conditions (sun, shade, etc.) might yield some suggestions for specific plants that look nice year round. Your local professionally trained nurseryman may also have some suggestions based on a more detailed understanding of the space and how much maintenance you are able to do. All the best with your loving project.
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