Mail call! Best climbing plants for mailboxes

Mail call!  Best climbing plants for mailboxes

Let’s add a little excitement to the mail route with a few of our favorite climbing plants for your mailbox. These mailbox flowers are more than just plants that wander into your mailbox, they will add charm and interest, and might even make checking your mail at the end of the day a little more whimsical. Whatever climbing plants you choose for your mailbox, you’ll want to make sure you keep them tidy, trimmed, and away from the mailbox door and flag—and your mailman will thank you.


Mandeville

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Let Mandevilla get its footing in the spring and then watch this climber explode in bloom until frost. They thrive in warm, humid southern coastal and tropical regions, but can be brought indoors during the winter months or given an annual role elsewhere. They should avoid the peak of the afternoon sun but can hang out in full or partial sun. It also makes an excellent cover for trellises and fences.



Trumpet honeysuckle

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Also known as coral honeysuckle, these fluted flowers attract hummingbirds. Beautiful red berries give the plant more eye appeal.



Climbing rose

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No matter your style of architecture, every home can use a little cottage charm — and a climbing rose hanging around your mailbox is a surefire way to get it. If you want lots of flowers, choose either the ‘New Dawn’, ‘Cecile Brunner’ or ‘Climbing Old Blush’ variety. It will bloom from spring until fall. If your mailbox receives sun all day, a climbing rose will be relatively easy to grow and will reward you with lots of beautiful flowers.



Purple passionflower

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The purple passion flower is a favorite of butterflies and other pollinators. The exotic floral scent is wonderful and will make getting the mail a pleasure.



Carolina Jessamine

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Let’s get this out of the way: It’s Carolina Jasmine, not Carolina Jasmine. Jasmine features golden, bell-shaped flowers that appear at the end of winter. It’s a delicate vine, which means it won’t make it out of your mailbox as it grows and matures. They will take sun or a little light shade.



Clematis

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You will recognize the small white flowers of the jasmine plant as soon as you see it. The clustered flowers are paired with dark green leaves, making for a stunning display. They prefer full sun and regular watering and can be grown in USDA zones 6-9.



Crosven

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This southern native is a prolific climber and flowerer, its fiery orange-yellow flowers beginning their display in mid-spring and continuing to bloom.



Morning glory

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This beauty needs something to climb at first, but once it gets going, you’ll be rewarded with lots of its distinctive blue blooms. Bonus – morning glory is a lightweight vine that is easy to handle.



Climbing hydrangea

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We know it sounds too good to be true. We’re happy to confirm that there is such a thing as climbing hydrangea—and it’s exactly as beautiful as you can imagine. It is a good choice for very large and sturdy mailboxes. It is not at all wise to try to create one around your mailbox unless you are looking for a way to remove it. It can tolerate shade better than most flowering vines.



Infernal

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This tropical vine will be consumed with small blossoms surrounded by masses of brightly colored tissue paper during the fall and cool spring months. If you’re looking for something stunning in the summer, bougainvillea is not your girl. It is another variety that is best for sturdy boxes such as brick or stucco versions. Place a trellis on either side of the mailbox, attaching it to the structure as it grows, then prune back when needed (ideally after blooming in late winter or early spring).


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