How to Landscape Your Mailbox

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Landscaping can enhance and beautify your property, but it is important to take advantage of all the little elements around the home. Small details, such as what to do with the mailbox, can mean the difference between an ordinary looking front yard and a spectacular showcase.

TIP: Our expert gardening advisor, Susan Patterson adds, "In some locations you need to be careful to allow enough room for mail trucks to access your box. Check specific regulations before making your bed."

Bed Shape and Size

Depending on the size of your property, mailbox gardens range from the very tiny to extremely large. Make the size and shape of your bed to compliment your property size and available space.

TIP: Susan suggests, "Before you plant, take a soil sample and add organic material or lime as needed to improve soil structure."

Edging Material

Depending on your landscape theme, edging material can be informal or formal. Some people use brick, others use timber or rock. The material you choose for your edging sets the tone of the bed.

TIP: Susan advises, "A mailbox garden should fit well with the overall landscape theme of your property."

Plant Selection

Consider that your mailbox garden is very visible. Choose plants that will look good all season long. Many people use a combination of perennials, annuals, and bulbs, as well as some small evergreen plants to keep the garden looking great throughout the year. Native plants are best. Some people install a trellis behind the mailbox to grow a flowering vine.

TIP: Susan cautions you, "Do not use the mailbox pole itself to grow a vine, it may interfere with the mailbox or draw insects which could cause a problem for your mail delivery person."


Mulch adds a nice finishing touch to any mailbox bed. There are many excellent mulch materials available including wood chips, pine straw, pebbles or rubber mulch. The mulch you select should compliment the mulch used around your other home gardens.