Dress up your front yard with a mailbox garden. With some hardy plants and mulch, your mailbox garden will bring colorful blooms and even some flowers you can cut and bring inside.
Creating a mailbox garden can be as elaborate or as simple as you want.
To carve out space, you can outline with pavers or other edging material. For added appeal, pick out a new mailbox that suits your taste or perhaps one with a planter attached. Or, give your existing mailbox a fresh coat of paint to keep it looking new.
Your mailbox garden can be as simple as placing planters underneath the mailbox, which takes less than an hour. Try lightweight planters with different depths, such as the Bombe planters, above, made of a blend of natural stone, resin and fiberglass. They are water tight, weatherproof and resist damage.
Just be sure to plant annuals and perennials that can take harsh conditions by the street, including heat in the summer and salt in winter. See below for suggestions.
When you visit the The Home Depot Garden Center, you’ll find many containers filled with color coordinated blooms and foliage, taking the guesswork out of creating something from scratch. In the case of Drop-N-Blooms, just pop them into your favorite container, water regularly and enjoy.
For a fall mailbox garden, read about end of season flower stars that could easily work in one.
For a mailbox garden with pizazz, check out these options:
Plant these low-maintenance perennials and you can practically forget about them. They’re heat-tolerant and resist drought.
- Clematis (vine shown above)
- Black-eyed Susan
- Ornamental grasses
Switch out these annuals for seasonal interest and color. If your mailbox garden is in a shady area, choose annuals that do well in partial or full shade. Underneath this mailbox, you can use hardy petunias in spring and summer, then switch them out for mums and pansies in fall.