Bay Area Plant Pick for July: Lantana

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Lantana is one of our most popular plants for long-lasting summer color. They come in vibrant shades of yellow, orange, red and pink as well as shades of white and purple. Most change color as they age resulting in inflorescences of two or three toned flowers. These are some of the easiest plants to grow as they require very little care besides some occasional dead heading of spent blooms.

Plant them in the garden to encourage pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to devour the nectar. They love a spot in full sun, can handle lots of heat, are deer resistant and are drought tolerant once established.

Lantana varies in height from dwarf types that grow about 1 to 1.5ft, to bushier types that can grow about 3 to 4ft, to ground cover specimens. Looking for some hot seasonal color for containers? Then try the dwarf types paired with million bells, ipomoea and fountain grass for height and contrast. Combine with lavender, sage, and phormium for contrast.

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