The Great Lantana
July 6th, 2007
Lantana is a hardy, sun-loving and drought-tolerant flowering shrub. This evergreen shrub is fabulous and highly valued in any landscape for its very long bloom season. (In warm climates, it blooms all year around.) In colder climates, it make a great container plant. The highly drought-tolerant lantana is also an excellent addition to a xeriscape garden, providing plenty of flower color.
The blooms are tiny flowers in tight clusters, resembling a miniature bouquet. In full bloom, the shrub is heavily covered with a profuse showy display that attracts both butterflies and hummingbirds.
Lantana hybrids fall into two major categories: upright and trailing forms. The upright forms range in size from 2-5′ tall by 3-6′ wide. The trailing varieties range from 1-3′ tall by 3-6′ wide. Lantana hybrids come in many colors and color combinations including yellow, pink, red, purple, cream, magenta and lemon yellow, orange and pink, and yellow and orange.
Plant the trailing varieties in the front of your hedge, on a hill or an embankment. The larger upright forms are beautiful as a background specimen plants or in a cluster of three with other drought-tolerant perennials surrounding them.
Lantana is a rapid, vigorous grower. Don’t be afraid to maintain the size and shape of each shrub with a good spring pruning to keep shrubs lush and full. Without this pruning, lantana can get woody. Lantanas also benefit from a regular feeding every two months spring through fall, which will keeping them in top blooming form.