Wondering how to grow lantana plants? You’re in the right place. With over one hundred varieties to choose from, these hardy flowering shrubs are popular with gardeners across the US, and for good reason. Read on for some easy tips to get the most out of your lantana plants!
Lantana are vigorous growers that bloom from summer right to fall. They flower in 2-inch clusters that come in shades of pink, lavender, purple, yellow, orange, or bronze, depending on the variety. Some varieties can have up to 3 different shades in one flower cluster.
How to Grow Lantana: Annual or Perennial?
Depending on your zone, you can grow lantana as perennial plants. They’ll survive the winter in zones 9 -11, in all other zones treat them as an annual. One of the best features of lantana is that they grow in a wide range of well-draining soils. They do prefer moderately moist soil. And if you want to get the most from your lantana, give it full morning sun.
How Big Will My Lantana Get?
The size of your lantana depends on the variety you choose. Some compact varieties only grow 12 – 18 inches tall, while others can get upwards of 6 feet high and 5 feet wide. Trailing varieties can be trained to climb a trellis or arbor. The warmer your climate, the larger you can expect your lantana to grow. But where ever you grow it, bear in mind that the entire plant, including the berries, is toxic to humans, pets and livestock.
Lantana are Low Maintenance
Lantana is one plant that gives a lot and doesn’t expect much in return. You can deadhead as needed, as this will encourage more blooms. If you’ve chosen one of the larger shrub varieties, you’ll want to prune it to control the size and shape. Beyond that, if you’re growing it as an annual, simply remember to fertilize with a 20-20-20 water-soluble feed once a month. But be sure to follow the directions on the container. If you’re growing your lantana as a perennial, no fertilizer is needed after the first year. Too much fertilizer means fewer blooms, in this situation.