The Q&A Archives: Rural Mailbox Plantings

Question: I live in Southern NH and just installed an elaborate raught-iron and copper mailbox which can be seen at

I'm a single guy without much color sense and I would greatly appreciate suggestions on planting. I am considering a combination of shrubs and flowers or just flowers and mulch. Either way I would like the flowers to provide color throughout the season. Thanks!

Answer: A clematis would be lovely for your mail box. They are hardy, like shade on their roots, climb well and have beautiful flowers in many colors from pink to almost black. Stella de'Oro daylilies would be a nice addition, as well. Bright yellow blooms from early spring to late fall. They are the longest-blooming daylily, and produce prolific blooms. The lighly ruffled, 2-1/2 inch golden blooms curl back to create a bell shape, and mature plants do an outstanding job of choking out weeds. Easy to care for, minimal maintenance. Portulaca (Rose Moss) is an annual rather than a perennial, but it reseeds and comes up each summer. Blooms all summer and takes little care. Another self seeding annual that blooms all summer up until frost - Four'O'Clocks. They come in several colors. You can add other plants as you find them in the garden centers. Enjoy!

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