Good choices for mailbox planters - Knowledgebase Question

Haltom City, Te
Question by grhopper31
August 8, 2010
I have a medium size mailbox planter that I can't seem to keep anything alive in for very long. What would be your suggestion for something heat tolerant, blooms, and requires little care to put near my mailbox that faces the North and gets full sun all day? I am contemplating a magic carpet spirea, but not sure if it can take that much sun.


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Answer from NGA
August 8, 2010

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Some outstanding drought tolerant plants for your growing region include the following: Cosmos sulphureus (orange cosmos), Gaillardia pulchella (blanket flower), Gomphrena globosa (globe amaranth ), Leonotis nepetifolia (annual lion's) Phaseolus acutifolius (tepary bean), Portulaca grandiflora (moss rose), Zinnia elegans (zinnia) and Zinnia haageana (Mexican zinnia). Succulents include: Agave americana (agave ), Aloe saponaria (soap aloe), Aloe vera (medicinal aloe), Euphorbia tirucalli (pencil tree), Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi (South American air plant), Opuntia humifusa (hardy prickly pear), Stapelia spp. (carrion flower) and Tradescantia pallida (purple heart).

Some ornamental grasses to consider include: Festuca glauca (blue fescue), Imperata cylindrica (Japanese blood grass), Muhlenbergia capillaris (Gulf muhlygrass), Muhlenbergia lindheimeri (Lindheimer's muhlygrass), Nassella tenuissima (Mexican feather grass), Panicum virgatum (switchgrass), Pennisetum setaceum (African fountain grass), Schizachyrium scoparium (little bluestem), Sorghastrum nutans (indiangrass), Spartina bakeri (sand cordgrass), Uniola paniculata (sea oats).

Magic Carpet Spirea may not be happy in the site you describe so I'd go with one of the above tried-and-true suggestions. Good luck with your new plants!

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