The planters on our local War Memorial (Eltham, SE9) were looking desperately sorry for themselves in the early autumn this year, having been all but abandoned by the local branch of the British Legion because of problems with vandalism (I shudder to think that there are people who would pull plants up from a War Memorial. So I decided to take matters into my own hands and - touch wood - no problems so far.....http://www.capabilitybowes.com/page7.htm
Being a freelance garden historian, I decided to make all the planting relevant to the memorial and based my ideas on the Victorian Language of Flowers. So we currently have rosemary for remembrance, red roses for love (and England) and oak seedlings, again for England but also for strength. Blue scillas will follow in the spring (for Forgiveness) and miniature daffodils (Chivalry). Further plantings of annuals will follow in the spring.
Next stop is the church "garden" - a thin strip of poor soil right up against the church wall, currently home to some very straggly roses and not much else (although there is a wonderful blaze of pink nerines just now). I dont have any religious leanings, but the church is right opposite my house so it seemed appropriate to "adopt" the memorial and the garden as I walk through the churchyard very often.
The actual churchyard is no longer in active use for burials and is basically just scrubby grass. I'm planning some wildflower bombs in the spring.....