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Spring mailbox planterNothing says springtime like a festive mailbox planter. The basic model can be planted with your favorite flower and either spray-painted the color of your choice or left the classy white.
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Southwestern mailbox planterMailbox planters can offer a chance to use your imagination and stimulate those of others. A cacti planter beside wagon wheel makes us imagine mail arriving in wax seals.
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Christmas mailbox planterSeasonal holidays like Christmas give you an opportunity to use your planter to make your home stand out in a way few will on the block.
After many years in the garden business while teaching enthusiasts how to create a landscape of color around their homes, Teresa Monares and Mark White decided to start a company that would help homeowners decorate their mailboxes: Creative Mailbox Planters.
Their one-of-a-kind mailbox accessory is a white house with flowerbeds on both sides that slips over your existing mailbox. You can leave the mailbox planter plain or add add a finishing coat of white or clear gloss the outside for easier cleaning. Customers might also want to spray paint over the white.
Don't forget to submit a photo of your creative mailbox planter to the Teresa and Mark. They upload the best creations to a gallery on their website. Some of the stand-out images include planters decorated in Halloween theme with dark, draping plants drooping over the planter sides beneath ghouls and pumpkins, and a southwest one with cacti and a couple thick-stemmed, sturdy flowers poking out above a decorative wagon wheel.
If you want to paint your planter in order to go along with a theme, Teresa and Mark recommend using a clear plastic primer spray paint along with any spray paint color you like.
Teresa and Mark use one of the nation's top-rated rotational mold manufacturers and make their planters out of eco-friendly, high-density polyethylene and proper drainage holes for healthy growing conditions.
To use artificial flowers, hot-glue two foam florists bricks per side.
For more information, visit www.creativemailboxplanters.com or call 573-377-2246.
By Leigh Bishop, originally published April 2011