Are you looking to brighten up your landscape but you just don’t have the space or time? Don’t worry; you can solve this problem by planting your very own mailbox garden! This arrangement can be the perfect splash of color for your landscape. With a few simple steps you can jazz up your ordinary mailbox.

First you will need about 10 different types of plants. If you don’t want as much of a variety you can use around 5 different plants. My favorite flowers to use for this design are:

  • Impatiens
  • Petunias
  • Daisies
  • Alyssum
  • Dahlia.

All of these flowers are annuals and their colors mix together very nicely. You may also want to add a plant like clematis, which is a vine that can be wrapped around your mailbox post. This vine will eventually bloom beautiful flowers that will decorate the post of your mailbox. Along with these flowers it is always good to add in some hardier plants such as globe amaranths and geraniums.
Once you have all your flowers picked out, you can then begin to prepare your planting bed. To prep the bed properly first pick the space that you want to use. You can mark this by using a garden hose to define the perimeter of the area. Then use a shovel to dig along the marked border, creating an edge. If grass is currently covering the area you plan to use remove the grass using a straight edged shovel. It is easier to do this if you wet the surface first.
After you removed the grass from your garden space and loosen the soil at least 5 inches deep. This will make it easier to plant your flowers and bushes.
Now its time to plant! When it comes to planting trees and shrubs, dig a diameter that is about twice the size of the root ball. The top of the soil should be even with the top of the root ball. Then fill in the hole with soil to support the plant. After doing so, water thoroughly.
When planting the annuals place them in a hole a little larger than the pot and/or root ball. Lightly water them once they are planted.
Good luck with your garden!