I was originally introduced to Lantana on a sales rack at Lowes about 9 years ago. I wasn’t very fond of the plant but when I read it attracted butterflies my curiosity got the best of me.
I’m so glad my interest was focused that day because Lantana has become one of my favorite perennials. Where it does welcome the butterflies, the bees and hummingbirds also enjoy this wonderful plant.
At our farm I always grew lantana in flower beds, I had the perfect spot in the backyard where they flourished. When we moved I purchased two more 6 inch starters; planted planted in smaller raised beds for my startle garden.
These particular beds were 3 ft. wide instead of my preferred 2 ft. because I was recycling some wood. Transplanting begins in the spring so make sure you take note for next season in your garden journal as this is one plant you’ll want to include for those in zone 8 -11.
Transplanting these starters turned out to be a good thing because I wasn’t really sure how growing Lantana in raised beds was going to work. It’s more of a bush reaching around 3 ft. tall and spreading out anywhere from 1 to 3 ft.
To my surprise it was a great idea and after two seasons both plants are growing better than expected and I love how they drape over the edge.
One thing to remember when planting in beds is to choose a location near the edge if you want that draping appeal. For the long stems reaching towards the center fo the bed I like to prop them up with mulch from the base of the plant to they stand tall.
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Lantana Planting Tips
Lantana grows in zones 8 – 11 and absolutely loves direct sunlight. In fact, if you want your plants to grow fast and large make sure you don’t skimp on hours of light, they can handle it.
This perennial is also hardy and drought resistant.
If they begin to look a little tired when fall arrives offer a trim by removing dead heads, I do this using my ezkut hand shears. New blooms will produce weeks later and you’ll be able to enjoy until the first freeze.
For our location in northeast Texas our frost will be sometime in November.
Caring for New Plants
With new plants transplanted in the spring or summer you’ll have to water frequently until they’re established. I remember offering a good soaking about once a week their first season. Funny thing is that’s pretty much how I water them now but I don’t soak quite as much.
Their soil does need to offer good drainage and I fertilize in the spring when they begin to wake up after winter has passed.
Remember when the freeze arrives there’s no need to cover. Their greenery will turn dark brown and that’s when I clip back the expires stems so it can rest over winter. In the spring new life will grow again and sometimes new blooms may even change color.
Growing beautiful lantana in raised beds is just as easy if you were to grow in a flower bed. I actually like it better because it offers a wonderful splash of color in my startle garden and it’s the perfect invite for natures favorite gardening friends.
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