These verbena-like flowers have long since been admired for their extended bloom time and  also make a great choice for those wishing to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. There are several varieties of Lantana available that offer a multitude of colors such as red, yellow, orange, purple, pink and lavender.  Though some parts of the country treat lantana as an annual, in Texas lantana is considered a perennial. Grow lantana flowers in the garden or in containers. Trailing varieties can even be grown in hanging baskets.  They prefer full sun but will grow in partial shade as well.  Lantana has also shown to be deer tolerant.

Growing lantana is a great way to add color and interest whether in the garden or in containers. Simply choose a sunny location and plant them in well-draining soil. Although these plants are tolerant of many soil conditions, lantana prefers slightly acidic soil. Lantana should be planted in spring once the threat of cold weather has passed. Keep in mind, however, that they prefer warm temperatures so new growth may be slow to appear. Once the temperatures warm up though, they will grow abundantly. While newly planted lantanas require frequent watering, once established, these plants require little maintenance and are even tolerant of somewhat dry conditions.  Lantana loves the Texas heat so watering once a week is sufficient to keep them blooming from spring throughout the fall.


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