Growing Vines: Mailboxes and Lamposts

Vines form a natural partnership with vertical structures in the home landscape, such as a mailbox or lamppost. By skirting these objects with a small planting bed, you can create space for a flowering vine. Follow these tips when adding vines:

  • Most vines can be grown in small spaces.
  • Amend soil properly to fuel your vine's growth.
  • Mulch soil to reduce water needs and suppress weeds.
  • Plant a mailbox vine on a trellis that's separate from and behind the mailbox. Keep flowers away from the box to protect the mail carrier from (stinging) insects.
  • Match vine height to support. Avoid pairing a strong-armed vine with a wimpy support, which the vine may wrestle to the ground.
  • In regions where heavy snows are plowed onto street-side planting areas, use annual vines or vines you prune to the ground each spring – plants that won't be damaged by snow piles.

 

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Favorite Flowering Vines

Not sure where to get started? Try a few of these vining beauties to drape a mailbox or lamppost with climbing color.

Black-eyed Susan Vine

Black-Eyed Susan Vine (Thunbergia alata)

Annual in all but warmest regions

Cheery, tubular flowers in white, orange or yellow. Many selections have a contrasting dark throat. Direct seed after danger of frost is past. USDA Zones 9-11

 

Carolina Jasmine

Carolina Jasmine, Yellow Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens)*

Perennial

Evergreen native vine bears tubular yellow flowers for four to six weeks starting in late winter/early spring. Prune as needed to control or direct growth. USDA Zones 6-9.

 

Clematis

Clematis (Clematis)

Perennial

Clematis that flower on new wood offer easy pruning – cut vines back to 6 inches in early spring. Choices include: Clematis x jackmanii*, C. paniculata, C. integrifolia and Clematis hybrids, such as Ernest Markham, Hagley Hybrid, Comtesse de Bouchaud, Niobe and Etoile Violette. USDA Zones 3-11.

 

Corkscrew Vine

Corkscrew Vine (Vigna caracalla)

Annual in all but warmest regions

Long-blooming tropical with fragrant flowers in pink, lavender and silver. Can be invasive in warmer zones. Direct seed after danger of frost is past. USDA Zones 9-11

 

Cup and Saucer Vine

Cup-And-Saucer Vine (Cobaea scandens)

Annual in all but warmest regions

Unusual blooms with a lavender-tinged cup perched atop a green "saucer." Vigorous grower; will engulf small objects like birdbaths. Attracts hummingbirds. USDA Zones 9-11

 

Coral Honeysuckle Trumpet Honeysuckle

Coral Honeysuckle, Trumpet Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)*

Perennial

Native vine with red and bright yellow blooms that beckons hummingbirds. Prune to shape after flowering. Deciduous; evergreen in southern zones. USDA Zones 4-10.

 

Confederate Jasmine Star Jasmine

Confederate Jasmine, Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)*

Perennial

Fragrant flowers open heavily in spring with intermittent blooms throughout the growing season. Monitor vine growth; pull or prune shoots from latching onto trees, hedges, structures, etc. USDA Zones 8-11

Mandevilla (Mandevilla splendens)

Annual in all but warmest regions

Trumpet-shaped flowers in pink, white and red; double form available. Heaviest flowering in full sun. To overwinter in cold zones, cut plants back to 6 inches, dig and drop into a pot. Pinch growing tips through winter to promote thicker growth. USDA Zones 10-11.

 

Canary Creeper

Canary Creeper (Tropaeolum peregrinum)

Annual in all but warmest regions

Bright yellow, Orchid-like blooms have fringed upper petals skirted with large lower petals. Edible leaves are deeply lobed, resembling fingers on a hand. Grow from seed sown into poor soil; rich soil yields all leaves, no flowers. USDA Zones 9-11. 

*Will flower in part shade. Flowers best in full sun.

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