Hardy Lantana – Carefree and Blooms All Summer

This lantana is perennial in Birmingham and can get upwards of 5 feet tall.

Hardy lantana blooms can be all one color either orange and yellow or pink and white or mixed on one plant.

This is the annual lantana which can also be trailing and sometimes will survive in mild winters.

All over Birmingham you will see plantings of tall and colorful lantana. I have seen these plants for years but never run across them in a nursery. So it is my thought that around here they are true pass along plants. I am sure a rooted stem or a cutting would be an easy way to get them started in your garden. I asked my friend, Rebecca, who has them at her house what they do for theirs which are in sun along the edge of a walk next to the street. She said basically nothing when they start blooming. The one thing they do in spring as they see the new shoots emerging from the ground is to cut off all the stems left from last year’s growth (of course this could be done anytime after they go dormant). Now that is what I call low maintenance! The major place I see them most is in sunny hot dry places.  And after last year’s summer, if they came back this year like they have, that tells you something. Once well established, they seem to be drought tolerant, but they do their flowering best when they have reasonable moisture over the summer. I think I am going to encourage the plant sale folks to propagate some for sale at the annual spring plant sale at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, so more of us can have them in our garden.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

2 thoughts on “Hardy Lantana – Carefree and Blooms All Summer

  1. I’ve discovered that lantana in my backyard do not want to be cleaned up until spring. Cutting back old growth in the fall allows moisture to drain through cut stems into the root systems which can cause freezing and/or rot. Now that I don’t prune last year’s stems until spring, I never lose a plant. This principal works for other woody perennials as well.

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