Don’t neglect your mailbox plantings or the mailbox itself!! If someone is searching for your address riding in the car, most likely they look for the mailbox numbers first. Curb appeal starts at the mailbox, continues onto your front lawn, up your walkway and finally their eyes meet your house.
First lets talk about the material holding your mailbox in place. Many boxes are attached to pressure treated posts. After 6 months of being in the ground it is time to paint or stain the posts to compliment the trim or shutter color of your home. Please do not leave it the original color unless it will be completely covered by an evergreen plant. It is a small investment with a grand effect.
In the photo below, the evergreen and deciduous shrubs create interest year round. The bed size is also appropriate. Give your mailboxes the space they deserve. The objective is to blend the mailbox into your landscapes, not making it a focal point. Having too small a plant bed will do this.
Mailboxes are a great place to add colorful annuals. I would have also added some in the front foundation beds.
It is also a good idea to stick with the same building material of your house as in the photograph below. This creates unity within your landscape.
Some other suggestions for mailboxes and surrounding areas are:
Installing drought tolerate plants if not irrigated
Installing plants not favored by bees so news carriers and mail carriers won’t be sending you a hospital bill regarding bee stings
Plants without thorns
Smaller sized plants not hindering views from a car pulling out, avoiding vehicle related accidents.
I hope this gives you some ideas about your mailbox areas sprucing up your properties.
Diana Gardner-Williams www.greensborogardens.wordpress.com
Landscape Design and Installation