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Old 04-04-2019, 11:00 AM
 
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Hi All - putting in a new mailbox this spring and just looking for some ideas on what to add for some landscaping to the area. Right now I have some yellow day-lily and a clematis. Whatever I do around the mailbox I plan to repeat on the opposite side of the driveway for symmetry coming up the drive to the house.

Some info - we are in CT so winters can be harsh so looking for some grasses and/or perennial type flowers. No bushes as these will get demolished by the snow and plows. The area gets full sun all day. Thoughts? Opinions?
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Old 04-04-2019, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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ornamental (blue) fescue is easy to grow from seed, stays compact, doesn't spread, looks nice when planted in groups, tolerates road salt and offers interest in winter.

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Old 04-04-2019, 11:17 PM
 
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In our area the Post Office will not allow planting around the mailbox. It must be an open and unencumbered area. You might want to check with the postman in your area first before planting.
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Old 04-04-2019, 11:52 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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In our area the Post Office will not allow planting around the mailbox. It must be an open and unencumbered area. You might want to check with the postman in your area first before planting.
This was my experience, too, in rural WA. So, normally, I'd suggest something easy to weed wack around the pole for the mailbox.
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Old 04-05-2019, 06:19 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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My mailbox is 200’ from the house, and the soil is poor and usually dry. About the only thing I’ve had luck with is dwarf lantana, it usually dies over the winter, so I plant new ones every spring.
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Old 04-05-2019, 06:44 AM
 
Location: NC
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For sure the mail delivery folks don’t want bees or wasps near their windows. But you could use some decorative stone at the base
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Old 04-05-2019, 06:57 AM
 
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Never had a problem with landscaping around a mailbox just as long as the box is highly visible and accessible.

I’ve had clematis vines out there on a trellis just behind the mail box and at a different house we had tall Russian sage with are heat tolerant so no need to water or fuss with them. They grew each summer to the bottom of the mail box and it looked great.

There are plenty of good options that can beautify and naturalize an ordinary mail post without any objections from the mail carriers. Even if it EVER did, a hedge clipper pruning would remedy the situation.
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Old 04-05-2019, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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For sure the mail delivery folks donít want bees or wasps near their windows. But you could use some decorative stone at the base
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Old 04-05-2019, 09:25 AM
 
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There are no restrictions where we are and I certainly won't let anything get in the way. Like I said in my previous post, I already have daylillies and a clematis. Ghengis - thanks for the suggestion - I do like the look of that grass!
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Old 04-05-2019, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Lake Spivey, Georgia
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My neighborhood is VERY prone to deer, so I do have day lilies as well as annuals, but ALWAYS include the "natural deer repellent" or marigolds into the mix.
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