How to Grow Lantana in Raised Beds

Grow lantana in raised beds

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.

 

Grow Beautiful Lantana in Raised Beds

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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.

Lantana growing in raised beds

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.

If you’re looking for an efficient and simplified way to garden check out my book Startle Garden. This system is a game changer  and there’s no time like now then to begin planning and prepping during the slow seasons.

 

How to grow beautiful lantana in raised beds from spring through fall. #Lantana, #Butterflyplants

 

10 comments

  1. Patti says:

    We can buy Lantana here in zone 6 but have to treat it as an annual. It’s gorgeous the way it sprawls on the ground or in pots. And, even though it’s only good for the season it does grow quite a bit. I’ve seen this same plant at the beach and it looks like a small shrub. I love that it comes in so many different color combinations too. A great flower for everyone to try for sure.

    1. Carole says:

      I’m thinking in your area if you planted in containers and then brought it indoors before the frost like many do with their fushias and geraniums you could get it to grow back in the spring. If you have the space that’s a win, win. Growing up I remember tripping over plants (like I mentioned) in the shed when sent out to grab canned foods. Funny the things we remember.

      1. Sue says:

        I like Patti am in zone 6 so I planted some Lantana in pots this year for the very reason to try to over-winter them inside
        we’ll see how it goes !!

        1. Carole says:

          Awesome – be sure to let us know how that works out. Hope you have a great weekend while enjoying fall.

  2. daisy says:

    I was so happy to find out that our lantana overwintered just fine. It’s one of the most frequently visited plants in our butterfly bed and I think I will be adding some around the veggie garden in the spring. More pollinators is a great thing!

    1. Carole says:

      That’s a great idea, I’m working towards growing everything in the same area just so many reasons to have flowers growing with veggies. Your garden always looks so fantastic.

  3. Christie Leon says:

    Many years ago, my first experience with Lantana was as a house plant. I had purchased it at a greenhouse and didn’t realize at the time that it should be planted outdoors. It flourished inside for many years before an infestation of white flies decimated it. I now have a perfect outdoor spot for Lantana and am thinking I will add some to my garden next spring.

    1. Carole says:

      Indoors would be neat but I live Tiny so that wouldn’t work but I’m glad you shared that because it let’s others know that’s possible thank you! I bet it will look perfect in that spot you have set aside.

  4. I love Lantana. So happy you are in Texas so I can see what you are planting!

    Thanks for all the inspiration friend!
    karianne

    1. Carole says:

      Glad I could help, this one is so easy too.

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