Create Your Own Mailbox Garden
What do you see when you go out to collect the mail each day? A patch of worn earth or a vibrant, blooming garden? Creating a garden that will deliver smiles daily is an easy task when you consider these valuable tips.
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Let’s face it—we all lead busy lives that leave little time to actually stop and smell the roses. Though we may not have time to walk through and enjoy our gardens often enough, one thing you probably do every single day is go out to the mailbox to collect the daily mail.
What does the area around your mailbox look like? Is it a mishmash of street grit and stones accented by the occasional dandelion or is it a flourishing space filled with vibrant, fragrant flowers ready to greet you?
A mailbox garden is a prime opportunity to deliver a daily dose of smiles to you and your neighbors while ramping up your home’s curb appeal. Create a simple raised bed using railroad ties, paver blocks or any other material you like, fill it with good soil and beautiful flowers and you’re good to go.
Here are some valuable tips to consider when creating an inviting mailbox garden:
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Create a hospitable growing environment
Raised beds work well for mailbox gardens because it raises the plants out of the inhospitable soil found along the road.
Consider the culture
Mojave® Portulaca is great for mailbox gardens because it is low maintenance, drought and salt tolerant, and is colorful all season long.
Consider the design
Delight the senses
What are your favorite flowers and colors? Plant those you love most where you will see them daily when you collect the mail to add bits of happiness into your day. Fragrant flowers like 'Orange Smoothie' daylilies and Fruit Punch® Dianthus are perfect for mailbox gardens, as are flowers with intricate color patterns that are best observed up close.
Pick a few sweetly fragrant Fruit Punch® flowers when you collect the mail at the end of a long day.
Add to your home’s curb appeal
Pink is a popular, inviting color to add to your curb appeal, and Supertunia® Vista Bubblegum® has it in spades.
Before you begin to build your new mailbox garden, consult your neighbor if you share that space with them. If you agree to perform the necessary maintenance, neighbors are often very accommodating of your gardening pursuits. Take care not to plant anything that would obstruct a motorist’s view of the road or the numbers on your mailbox. Consider planting flowers that do not attract bees since your mailman might be allergic, and keep thorny plants contained behind the mailbox. Lastly, leave enough room between the road and your mailbox garden to allow for the mail truck and snow removal.
Fragrant roses like At Last® will treat you with their delightful scent daily. Just be sure to keep their prickly branches away from the mailbox handle.