Posted: 17/11/2015 at 22:32
OH and I went to Ypres and Tyne Kot for Armistice Day last year. We were struck by how amazingly clean and tidy all the war memorials were from small cemeteries in Ypres to the huge expanse of Tyne Kot as well as all sorts of memorials on some of the roundabouts and hidden away in industrial estates. Photos here in case they help - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/1411%20Ypres%20and%20Tyne%20Cot?sort=9&page=1
Being a gardener, I also noticed a distinct lack of greenery apart from the expanses of grass and a few twiggy roses, lavenders and heucheras at that time of year. I would therefore advise going with evergreen foliage plants such as mahonia which can start flowering any time from November to February and is perfumed, skimmias and pieris if the soil is acid and maybe gaultheria mucronata 'Lilian' which produces pink berries from October. My viburnum bodnantense Dawn is flowering now and evergreen viburnum Eve Price will flower over winter.
If you plant some of these as structure, you can under and inter plant with spring bulbs and a wide range of herbaceous flowering plants and other shrubs to extend the season of interest all year.