A splash of living colour draws the eye and upgrades the mundane mailbox, improving your home's curb appeal. You only need to create or purchase a device that will hold potting soil and flowers or plants. Plenty of options exist, and whether you are a do-it-yourself master or a good shopper, your mailbox can be the vehicle to make a positive statement about your home.
Do-it-yourself options to add flowers around your mailbox vary from the elaborate to the simple. The most elaborate construction combines a mailbox with a planter box. The simplest project is four pieces of wood nailed together to create a bottomless box in raised plant bed fashion. Between these two extremes are curved or straight concrete scalloped edging or plastic edging. They accomplish the same thing with a little more flair. Another option is to simply surround the mailbox post with matching flower pots. Vary the sizes to create interest.
If the do-it-yourself options don't appeal to you, there are different products for purchase that create the desired result. These range from containers surrounding the mailbox support post to flower pot holders installed directly onto the support post.
The containers include a planter box, a flexible flower pot and a u-shaped planter. Each has its own look, and you can decide which would best fit into your overall landscaping theme.
Flower pot holders let you display flowers all along the length of the mailbox post. Brackets suspend the flower pots out from the post and allow them to hang freely. Another type of holder acts as a clip and allows the flower pot to rest against the post. You can mix different plants and display them at varying heights for a more elaborate display.
Types of Flowers and Plants to Use
Once you have built or purchased your mailbox planter, consider what plants or flowers you will plant. Because most mailboxes are in full sun, you need plants that can withstand the sun and heat of summer. Annual plants such as marigolds and herbs might be good options for your area. Other plants to consider are vines and bulbs. If your mailbox is in a shaded area, consider using coleus or other shade-loving plants.
Even if you use one of the options that entails planting directly into the ground surrounding your letter box, the plants will be subject to the same challenges as container gardening. Providing water to your plants will be the greatest daily maintenance requirement. Also be aware of increased fertilising needs because nutrients are leached out of the soil quickly and can't be replenished without your help. Don't forget to weed and remove spent flower heads. With a little effort, your improved mailbox and its curb appeal will provide seasons of beauty.
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