Honor fallen loved ones in your small space this Memorial Day weekend.

While Memorial Day marks the start of gardening season, it’s also a time to honor and reflect on the memories with our fallen loved ones. Gardens are an ideal place to create solitude and plant in memory of those we cherish. No need to stress over finding a large space, here’s a few ideas on how to create a memory garden in a small space.

Before digging in, choose a spot and assess the lighting and overall landscape. Providing your plant with the best tools to thrive is important, and choosing nutrient rich soil is key. Choose an above-ground planter and use well-draining soil to ensure your plant is good to go. You can place these on your porch, patio, deck, or balcony. Don’t feel pressured to plant multiple plants – a single tree or specimen plant will do. It’s the thought that counts!

Placing objects that represent your loved one is a great way to elevate your memorial garden. Here are a few ideas to get your creativity flowing.

-Incorporate mineral crystals that encourage mindfulness

-Add a stepping-stone or plaque with a favorite quote or scripture

-Choose a small figurine such as angels or birds, including eagles for veterans

-Place a chair or bench in your memorial space to meditate, reflect, or rest

-Get artsy with popsicle sticks to place in the soil, add a special note or name on them

Whatever you choose to design, make it meaningful and take your time. Happy Memorial Day!