The verbena-like Lantana flowers have long since been admired for their extended bloom time. This large flowering shrub is native to Central and South America and readily grows into thickets.

Lantanas at Tom's Thumb Nursery in Galveston, Texas

Caring For Lantanas

Caring for lantana flowers is very simple. For starters, choose a sunny location and plant them in well-draining soil. Although these plants are tolerant of many soil conditions, lantana flowers prefer slightly acidic soil. Mulching with pine needles is an easy way to increase acidity levels in the soil. Although it isn’t required, lantana flowers can be given a light dose of fertilizer each spring. However, too much may inhibit their overall flowering. In order to encourage reblooming, cut the tips periodically. Overgrown plants can be given new life by cutting back a third of their growth. They will bounce back quickly.

Why Plant Lantanas?

Lantanas at Tom's Thumb Nursery in Galveston, Texas

Lantanas make a great choice for those wishing to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. In addition, once lantanas have been established, they require very little maintenance. In fact, a good soaking once a week will keep your lantanas happy and healthy as they are are tolerant of somewhat dry conditions. Growing lantanas is a great way to add color and interest to your garden!

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