One of the most heat-tolerant and dependable summer flowers, lantana is a woody annual that is also perennial in zones 8, 9, and 10. The plants are great in hanging baskets, window boxes, containers, and in the ground. Plant them in flower beds for a spot of color, or use them in mass as a flowering summer ground cover. This is an excellent plant to attract butterflies to your garden or deck. Its ability to stand heat and salt make it a good choice for the beach, too.
Lantana grows in poor soil and full sun, so it a good choice in hot places by the driveway, the street, or in a sunny patio pot. Plant after the last frost in spring in well-drained soil and feed with a timed-release fertilizer when you plant. Although very drought tolerant and forgiving, lantana will grow fastest and bloom best if you keep the soil moist. Plants need little care other than a light snipping back if you want to control their size
- Type: Annual
- Light: Full sun
- Plant spacing: 18 to 36 inches apart
- Plant size: 12 to 24 inches tall