These annuals, perennials, vines and other hardy growers make great companions for a mailbox garden design.
Also known as tickseed, Coreopsis auriculata is a North America native perennial that grows easily in conditions of full sun and soil with medium moisture. Yellow blooms appear from May to June that attract butterflies and the seeds that are produced resemble ticks, hence the common name tickseed. Good for zones 4 to 9.
Verbena Canadensis ‘Homestead Purple’ requires full sun for the best results and produces a vivid purple flower. A slender-stemmed perennial, it can grow to heights of 12 inches and widths of 3 feet and can bloom from late summer to the first frost in zones 6 to 9.
Winter hardy in zones 8 to 10, Rosmarinus officinalis is a herbaceous perennial that grows best in full sun and produces pale blue and white flowers during the bloom season. Fragrant and easy to prune and shape, rosemary is an easy maintenance choice for mailbox areas, herb gardens or patio containers.
Vinca is one of the toughtest, heat-loving annuals for our climate, and the Cora series has a hearty helping of disease resistance, as well. Nothing will flower as much in full sun and hot conditions as the annual vinca. This flower requires no deadheading, little fertilizer, and should only be watered during drought when well-established.
Clematis is a genus within the buttercup family Ranunculaceae with more than 300 species. Clematis is popular with gardeners for its lovely blooms and ability to grow on walls, fences, mailboxes and other areas to highlight its foliage to best advantage. Hardy in zones 5 to 9.
A perennial that thrives in full sun and well drained, low moisture soil, Achillea ‘Coronation Gold’ is a type of yarrow that produces golden yellow flowers and fern-like, silvery foliage with a bloom period of June to September. Recommended for zones 4 to 9.
Miscanthus sinensis is a perennial ornamental grass which can grow from 3 to 6 feet in height and spread as wide wide, depending on variety. With its graceful plumes, which can range in color from sand-pink to silvery-white, maiden grass makes an appealing living hedge or border. They tolerate tough conditions associated with a roadside planting.
Native to North America, Phlox paniculata is a summer flowering perennial whose mid-summer to mid-fall blooms may vary in color from white to purple. It requires sandy, loamy soil and can take partial shade and partial to full sun in zones 4 to 9.
Best grown in full sun to part shade, Butterfly Iris is a perennial that can tolerate poor, dry soil due to its thick root system. The blooms are creamy white and yellow flowers on 28 inch stalks and attracts hummingbirds. It does well in zones 3 to 9.