Lantana is a very hardy beautiful plant that can easily with stand our East Texas summers and still thrive without to much care. And what's better, Lantana attracts butterflies and hummingbirds and are deer resistant. Plus they'll give you on average a whopping 31 weeks of flowering color!
Pruning- Prune lantana periodically during summer by lightly shearing the tip growth to encourage repeat blooming. Plants that have become too large for their allotted space may be pruned back by up to a third of their height and spread. Water and lightly fertilize newly cut back plants and they will return to bloom quickly.
Prune perennial lantanas back hard in spring to remove old growth and prevent woodiness. Cut back to about 6 to 12 inches from ground level. Avoid hard pruning in fall as this can cause reduced cold hardiness.
Fertilizer- Lantana requires little fertilizer. A light fertilization in spring will usually be sufficient. Vigorously growing plants may be fertilized again in mid summer, provided plants are not water stressed. Excessive fertilizer may reduce flowering and make plants more susceptible to disease. Use a balanced fertilizer with a ratio such as 10-10-10 or 20-20-20
Some great companion plants to go with Lantana are the beautiful and tall Purple Emperor Butterfly Bush, the stunning yellow of Yarrow and the cool pink tones of "Big Sky After Midnight" coneflower.
Most Lantana will bloom from spring until the first frost, purple lantana's will bloom the most in the spring and fall, and less during the summer heat.
Height/Spread- Some varieties grow to as much as 5 to 6 feet tall, forming large, bushy mounds while others stay low and spreading, reaching up to 4 feet wide, but only 1 to 2 feet in height being more compact.
Growth Rate- Lantanas generally grow rapidly. Some varieties, such as 'Miss Huff', are extremely vigorous. If plants outgrow their assigned space, they tolerate trimming back well during the growing season.
Water- Newly planted lantanas will need to be kept moist for the first few weeks until the roots have spread into the surrounding soil.
While established lantanas are drought tolerant, performance, bloom, and growth rate will be reduced if they are too dry for a long period. During their blooming period, give them a thorough watering once a week if they do not receive an inch of rain that week. Avoid overhead watering, so try to water at the base. Overly frequent overhead watering can make plant more susceptible to diseases and root rot.
Lanatan grows to a large bush type flowering plant. Although usually more expensive as other annuals, Lantana will cover 4 to 6 times as much space and the others. Making it well worth the money!
There are 21 diffferent varieties of Lantana. Shown here are just a sampling of the different colors you may see.