The Q&A Archives: Mailbox Planting

Question: What shall I plant in an area around a mailbox that is in full sun? The area is 2'x 3' with the post in the middle. This area is surrounded by street, sidewalk, grass, and macadam driveway. This area has been planted with marigolds for the past two years. The post is made of pressure treated lumber. The mailbox is white with a pineapple print. Our house is very light tan stucco with white trim. The house is about 25' behind the mailbox.

Answer: You could plant nearly any sun loving annuals there. Here is just one combination you might like: try a small vine such as yellow flowered Thunbergia to grow up the post (you would need to provide a bit of mesh for it to cling to) and surround that with one of the new white marigolds (about two feet high) and perhaps some of the Alaska nasturtiums which have a green and white variegated foliage, mixed orange and yellow toned flowers and stay under a foot high around the outer edge.

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