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Mailbox Landscaping 101: A Comprehensive Guide

Mailbox Landscaping Ideas
Mailbox Landscaping Ideas

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As homeowners, we all want our houses to look their best. We want to impress our guests, and we want our homes to reflect our personality and style. That’s where curb appeal comes in. It’s the first impression people have of your home, and it can have a huge effect your home’s value and desirability.

One of the most simple and cost-effective ways to enhance your home’s curb appeal is through easy, low maintenance mailbox landscaping. Sometimes this is best done by making a simple mailbox flower bed. Putting flowers around your mailbox can have a dramatic impact.

With the right mailbox plants, accessories, and design, you can transform your mailbox from a boring metal box to a stunning centerpiece that adds value and beauty to your property.

In this article, we will provide you with a comprehensive guide to mailbox landscaping. We will cover different mailbox styles, placement, and how to decorate your mailbox post, base, and surrounding area. We’ll also give you some creative mailbox landscaping ideas as inspiration for different ways you can dress up yours.

So, let’s dive into the world of mailbox landscaping and discover how you can turn your mailbox garden into a front-yard favorite!

Mailbox Material, Style, and Placement

Mailbox Material

  • Metal: Metal mailboxes are durable and come in a variety of colors and styles, including wall-mounted, post-mounted, and multi-unit.
  • Plastic: Plastic mailboxes are lightweight and weather-resistant and come in a variety of colors and styles, including wall-mounted, post-mounted, and rural.
  • Wood: Wooden mailboxes provide a natural and rustic look and can be customized to match your home’s style.
  • Masonry: Masonry mailboxes are made of brick or stone and are often custom-built to match the style of your home.

Choosing the Right Mailbox Design for YOUR Home

When choosing a mailbox design, consider the following:

  • Compatibility: Choose a mailbox design that complements the architectural style and color of your home.
  • Functionality: Make sure the mailbox is large enough to accommodate your mail and any packages you may receive.
  • Personal Flair: Discover your own unique style by choosing plants and materials that make you feel at home.

Tips for Mailbox Placement

  • Height: The bottom of your mailbox should be between 41-45 inches from the ground to ensure the mail carrier can reach it easily.
  • Distance from the street: Your mailbox should be set back 6-8 inches from the curb to allow space for snowplows and other vehicles.
  • Regulations: Check with your local post office or homeowners association for any regulations or guidelines that may apply to mailbox placement.

Landscaping Around Your Mailbox with a Flower Bed

Landscaping around your mailbox helps soften the appearance of the mailbox and helps it flow naturally into the surrounding lawn and landscape. It also provides you an opportunity to express your personal style and creativity by creating a flower bed around your mailbox.

Choose the right plants to go around your mailbox for low maintenance mailbox landscaping

When choosing plants to put around your mailbox garden, consider the following:

  • Climate and sunlight: Choose mailbox plants that are suitable for your climate and the amount of sunlight your mailbox receives.
  • Size and shape: Select plants that are proportionate to the size and shape of your mailbox and the surrounding area.
  • Colors and textures: Choose mailbox plants that complement the colors and textures of your home and the surrounding landscape.
  • Maintenance requirements: Consider low maintenance mailbox landscaping plants for carefree trips to see which magazine arrived this week.

Here are some mailbox plants that are perfect to go in a mailbox flower bed:

  • Petunias: These annuals come in a wide range of colors and are easy make into a gorgeous mailbox flower bed.
  • Lavender: This perennial herb adds fragrance and color to your mailbox garden and attracts pollinators.
  • Boxwoods: These evergreen shrubs are low maintenance and provide year-round interest, looking good even in winter!
  • Creeping phlox: They feature lovely blooms in the spring to create a gorgeous flower bed that requires little maintenance.

Tips for Maintaining Your Mailbox Garden

  • Water your plants regularly, especially during dry spells.
  • Fertilize your flowers as needed so your flower bed blooms beautifully.
  • Prune your plants to maintain their size and shape and remove dead or diseased branches.
  • Weed your garden regularly to keep the flower bed looking neat and tidy.
  • Replace plants that are not thriving or that have outgrown their space.

Lighting and Accessories for Your Mailbox

You can also enhance your mailbox’s appearance with lighting and accessories. Here are some ideas to help you get started:

Add Lighting to Your Mailbox

It not only makes your mailbox more visible at night, but it can also creates a warm, safe, and inviting atmosphere. Here are some types of mailbox lighting to consider:

  • Solar-powered lights: These lights are easy to install and don’t require any wiring or electricity. They absorb sunlight during the day and automatically turn on at night.
  • LED lights: These lights are energy-efficient, come in a variety of colors and styles, and they’re also long-lasting and low-maintenance.
  • Antique Lanterns: Find a one-of-a-kind lantern or lamp to bring a little romance and timeless ambiance to your letter gathering.

Creative Ideas for Mailbox Accessories

  • Birdhouses: Attach a birdhouse to your mailbox post to provide a cozy nesting place for your feathered friends.
  • Sculptures: Add a unique and eye-catching sculpture to your mailbox area to showcase your personality and style.
  • Welcome mats: Place a welcome mat under your mailbox to greet your guests and mail carrier.
  • Mailbox covers: Cover your mailbox with a decorative cover that complements your home’s exterior.

With the right lighting and accessories, your mailbox can become a stunning and unique feature that reflects your personal style and adds value and beauty to your home’s curb appeal.

Incorporate Planters and Baskets

You can also decorate your mailbox with planters and baskets. Here are some ideas:

  • Hang a basket of flowers or greenery from the mailbox arm.
  • Attach planters to the post and fill them with colorful annuals or trailing vines.
  • Create a tiered planter using stacked pots or wooden crates.

Gorgeous Mailbox Landscaping Ideas

To give you some inspiration for your own mailbox landscaping project, here are some mailbox flower bed ideas so you can get creative making your own creative mailbox garden:

7 Simple Mailbox Landscaping Ideas to Inspire You

1. Wildflower Meadow:

Surround your mailbox flower bed with a garden of wildflowers for a natural, informal look. Planting a flower bed around your mailbox is a perfect way to showcase native plants! We recommend coreopsis ‘moonbeam’, phlox ‘snowflakes’, and coral bells ‘georgia peach’.

2. Integrate the Antique:

There’s nothing more timeless than bringing the old and new together; a brick pillar base pairs beautifully with a vintage, cream-colored mailbox. We recommend mailbox plants that are more classical like shasta daisies, bobo hydrangeas, or miss kim lilacs.

3. Southwestern Style:

Create a Southwest themed entrance to your driveway with some earth tones and desert colorways. It’s perfect for those living in dryer climates where this style emerged from. Try using decorative grasses that stand out in the otherwise minimalist landscaping such as corkscrew rush, grama grass, or any of the many varieties of fountain grass.

4. Southern and Sophisticated:

Take inspiration from this handsome mailbox landscaping that incorporates the classical design of the fence and house. Notice also how the two touches of green on the mailbox helps the overall design flow into the surrounding boxwood ‘Wintergreen’ and rest of the yard.

5. Nautical Inspiration:

For those living close to the seaside (or wishing they did), this fun use of nautical blues and sailor stripes are perfect for giving you that cape-cod aesthetic. Think daylily ‘Happy Returns’, allium ‘Millenium’, or juiper ‘Blue Star’

6. Classic-Yet-Minimalist:

The more classic, almost European-style mailbox against the red brick wall is given a simple, sculptural boxwood base that visually supports the box and ties the whole design together.

7. Naturally Strong:

This customized use of large stones creates an almost primitive, masculine feeling that is perfectly suited for the rocky terrain and naturalistic setting. We recommend pairing short and tall ornamental grasses

With these examples and your own creativity, you can create a mailbox garden that reflects your personal style and elevates your home’s curb appeal.

Send and Deliver: Landscaping Your Mailbox

We encourage you to try one or more of these mailbox landscaping ideas in your own yard. Whether you start with a simple mailbox flower bed or go all out with a DIY mailbox post and base, you can create gorgeous mailbox landscaping that enhances your home’s curb appeal and brings a smile to your face every time you come home. Thank you for reading, and happy gardening!

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  • If you order a design from our Ready Made or Modular collections, you will only receive the design printed on landscaping fabric. These two collections do not include plants; however, you will receive a plant shopping card to help you find everything you need in the closest plant nursery or garden center.
Is this just a digital download of a landscape design template?

If you checked the “Digital Blueprint Only” box, then yes. If not, you will receive our actual Garden map, printed on our custom-made landscape fabric.

Should I start with seeds or plants?

Whether you should start your garden with seeds or mature plants depends on several factors, including your gardening goals, experience level, budget, and patience. If you have the option, we recommend you start with mature plants for several reasons:

  • Instant garden: When you start with mature plants, your garden looks established and full right from the beginning. If you’re planting trees or shrubs for shade or privacy, starting with mature plants can provide instant results.
  • Faster results: Mature plants typically produce flowers, fruits, or vegetables sooner than plants grown from seeds.
  • Less effort: Adult plants need less maintenance than seedlings. Additionally, starting from seeds often requires setting up indoor growing spaces with appropriate lighting, temperature control, and ventilation.
What do I get with a digital blueprint?

A digital blueprint is the layout in a .PDF format. If you are comfortable reading a scaled schematic and think you can handle the installation without the extra help, this option may be for you.

When I order a Garden Map, what do I get?

Garden Map is the design layout printed on our custom-made landscape fabric. Along with the printed fabric, you will receive installation instructions.

  • If you order a design from our Limited Collection and choose the option “Garden Map + Plants”, you will receive plants with your order. If you choose the option “Garden Map only”, you will receive the design printed on landscaping fabric, but no plants.
  • If you order a design from our Ready Made or Modular collections, you will only receive the design printed on landscaping fabric. These two collections do not include plants; however, you will receive a plant shopping card to help you find everything you need in the closest plant nursery or garden center.

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