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Increase Curb Appeal With A Garden For The Mailbox

This past January I had a little New Year’s day dinner party. You may remember this photo I posted when I shared some of the pre-party preparations which included balloons for the mailbox. As you can see, things were looking pretty sparse around the mailbox. At the very end of summer I had the front yard sodded so all the liriope that had been there was cleared from the area around the mailbox so that bed could be made smaller and reshaped.

 

Now that spring is here and the weather is warming up, the weeds are slowly creeping back in. The plant on the left is a pretty Dianthus called Bath’s Pink. It’s named after Jane Bath of Stone Mountain, Georgia who first discovered it.

 

It has soft pink flowers and they have a wonderfully strong scent that I really love.

 

There’s a holly bush that keeps trying to come back. It was removed years ago when it became too large to see around when exiting the driveway. I guess it’s determined to come back again. Everything else in this view is unfortunately a weed.

 

On the other side of the mailbox I have a few Stella d’ Oro day lilies.

 

Stella d’ Oro is a hardy day lily that blooms prolifically for a pretty long time during the spring/summer months.

 

Even though the weeds were cut down recently with a weed whacker, you can see they are coming back. It’s definitely going to take more than just cutting them down to get rid of them for good.

The good folks at Spectracide are sending me a weed killer to try. I’ve never used Spectracide for getting rid of weeds so I’m looking forward to seeing how it works. I’ll be sure to share a “during” progress post as well as an “after” post over the next few weeks so you can see how this project is coming along.

I was looking at Spectracide’s Facebook page today and they have some good advice on there for getting a jump on the weeds that are all coming out in force right now. They also have links to some good coupons, too. Check it out…it’s battle time!

 

I’ve been pinning some inspiration photos on Pinterest, ideas I’m considering for this bed around the mailbox. If you’re looking for mailbox landscaping ideas too, be sure to follow along as I add to this board over the next few weeks.

Follow Between Naps On the Porch’s board Mailbox Landscaping on Pinterest.

Love this adorable cottage home I repinned from HGTV. It’s an inspiration for what I’d love to see around my mailbox. I like the variety of annuals and perennials they’ve used, definitely want to use a combination of both for the area around my mailbox, too.

Home with Curb Appeal

 

Are the weeds starting to appear in your yard and garden now that the weather is warming up? I’m looking forward to sharing how this area is progressing real soon!

Several folks have asked about the comment box below so I’ve also added back the regular BNOTP comment box further down. You can leave a comment in either place. Thanks for your wonderful comments, they are always the best part of any post!

To all of my yard warriors, whether you are after a total yard overhaul or just want to keep your yard looking its best, visit the Spectracide Facebook page for tips and savings to get started.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Spectracide. The opinions and text are all mine.




Comments

  1. I love your inspiration picture. I remember when that guy was featured on HGTV. His whole yard is amazing and he is a cutie pie too. He has tons of shade and was able to pull off an interesting and colorful front and back yards. Unfortunately, my mailbox sits in the baking sun. In the fall I plant pansies. I planted daffodils that bloom in mid March, and I have a clematis that tries really hard to bloom in the summer, but she struggles. I planted dragon wing begonias last year and they were gorgeous and because they tolerated my pour soil and hot sun they are invited back this year along with some lilies.
    Looking forward to your newly landscaped mailbox.

    • Wish I had seen that because I love that home! I bet his yard is amazing. I wonder if there’s some place I can watch that episode. My mailbox is in the baking sun, too. I’ll definitely need to look for some sun happy plants! I don’t want to do shrubs though, unless they are ones that will stay kind of small…otherwise they block the view as you try to leave. Begonias are so forgiving…good choice! Thanks, Mary!

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