Growing lantana in pots

Potted Lantana Plants: How To Grow Lantana In Containers

Lantana is an irresistible plant with a sweet fragrance and bright blooms that attract hordes of bees and butterflies to the garden. Lantana plants are suitable for growing outdoors only in the warm climates of USDA plant hardiness zones 9 through 11, but growing lantana in containers allows gardeners in cooler climates to enjoy this spectacular tropical plant year round. Want to learn how to grow lantana in containers? Read on!

Types of Lantana Plants for Containers

Although you can grow any type of lantana in a container, keep in mind that some are very large, reaching heights of up to 6 feet, which means they need a very sturdy container.

Dwarf types are suitable for standard-size containers, reaching heights of only 12 to 16 inches. Dwarf varieties are available in a range of bright colors. Popular choices include:

  • ‘Chapel Hill’
  • ‘Patriot’
  • ‘Denholm White’
  • ‘Pinkie’

Also, weeping varieties such as ‘Weeping White’ and ‘Weeping Lavender’ are vine-like plants ideal for containers or hanging baskets.

Trailing lantana (Lantana montevidensis), available in white or purple varieties, is a species that reaches heights of 8 to 14 inches but spreads to 4 feet or more.

How to Grow Lantana in Containers

Plant lantana in a container with a drainage hole in the bottom using a lightweight commercial potting mix. Add a handful of sand, vermiculite or perlite to enhance drainage.

Place the container in a location where the lantana plants are exposed to bright sunlight. Water well and keep the plant evenly moist, but never soggy, for the first few weeks.

Caring for Lantana in Pots

Lantana is fairly drought tolerant but benefits from about an inch of water per week once the plant is established. Don’t water until the top of the soil is dry, and never overwater, as lantana is susceptible to rot. Water at the base of the plant to keep the foliage dry. Similarly, don’t crowd the plant as lantana needs plenty of air circulation.

Add a small amount of fertilizer in spring if your soil is poor. Be careful about fertilizer, as overfeeding will result in a weak plant with few blooms. Don’t fertilize at all if your soil is rich.

Deadhead lantana regularly. Feel free to cut the plant back by one-third if your lantana gets long and leggy in midsummer, or just shear the tips.

Caring for Potted Lantana Plants Indoors

Bring lantana indoors before nighttime temps reach 55 degrees F. (12 C.). Place the plant in a cool area where the plant is exposed to indirect or filtered light. Water when the soil is dry to a depth of 1 to 2 inches. Move the plant back outdoors when warm weather returns in spring.

Care for Blooming Hanging Baskets

Did you receive a hanging basket for Mother’s Day? Many mothers (and others) will decorate their porches, decks, and other outdoor areas with hanging baskets this gardening season.

Whether your hanging basket has just one or many blooming plants, care is required for best blooms throughout the growing season. Below are some tips for growing and maintaining hanging baskets.

Watering Hanging baskets often contain several closely spaced small plants and their roots grow quickly in the potting mix. Typical potting mixes are light and well-drained. With a well drained soil mix and an abundance of crowded and thirsty roots, frequent watering is necessary, especially during the summer. When the small plants have grown and established roots, check baskets daily for water needs On hot sunny days it may be necessary to water more than once a day. When watering hanging baskets, be sure to water them until water runs out the bottom of the container. This ensures that all the roots have access to plenty of moisture.

Try not to let the soil dry out completely. Not only will this cause the plant to wilt, it makes it more difficult to water. If the soil becomes too dry, it will separate from the side of the container. In this instance, remove the basket from its location so that you can place the basket in a tub of water for a couple of hours. This forces water to be absorbed slowly from the bottom of the container. Do not keep the basket in the tub of water for long periods as this practice may increase root rot.

Fertilization Plants in hanging baskets often require frequent fertilization. Water soluble fertilizers or slow release granular fertilizers may be used. Ideally, complete fertilizers with a 1:2:1 ratio of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium will keep plants healthy and blooming well. Fertilizers that are high in nitrogen should be avoided as they cause excessive vegetative growth at the expense of flowers. Always remember to read and follow the label directions carefully to apply appropriate amounts of fertilizer.

Deadheading Many annual species require regular deadheading to keep plants in bloom throughout the season. Deadheading is the removal of dead or dying flowers. This prevents seed from forming, and can ultimately lead to more flowers. Generally speaking, larger blooming plants like petunia and geranium require deadheading for continual blooms. Smaller blooming plants like lobelia and sweet alyssum are generally “self-cleaning” – meaning deadheading is not necessary. Regardless, inspect plants as you water and remove spent flowers, if possible. This will keep plants fresh looking and blooming throughout summer.

Tips for Starting Your Own Hanging Baskets First, start with a good, well-drained, potting mix. The best mixes for hanging baskets do not contain garden soil. Instead, these soilless mixes are made up of sphagnum peat moss, vermiculite, and perlite. Slow release fertilizers may be included in a purchased mix or can be added to the mix prior to planting. This will insure that the plants receive regular – low-doses of nutrients throughout the summer. Water-absorbing crystals are another additive that may be present in a purchased mix or that can be purchased and added separately. These crystals, while expensive, will absorb large quantities of water and help keep the soil moist between watering.

Plants for Hanging Baskets Plants with full or trailing habits tend to be preferred for hanging baskets. Yet, don’t let that stop you from trying something else in a hanging basket – you might be surprised at how well it will perform! Like any plant, matching the right plant with the site is essential. Shade loving plants will suffer in full sun, and sun-loving plants bloom poorly in shade. Below is a brief listing of commonly available plant species suitable for hanging baskets in sunny or shady sites.

Sun-loving Plants

Part Shade/Shade-loving Plants

Common Name

Scientific Name

Common Name

Scientific Name


Catharanthus roseus


Bacopa sutera

Trailing Petunia

Calibrachoa x hybrida

Tuberous Begonia

Begonia tuberosa


Heliotrope arborescens

Silver Bells

Browallia speciosa

Licorice Vine

Helichrysum petiolare


…many species…

Sweet Potato Vine

Ipomea batatas


Fuschia hybrids


Lantana camara

English Ivy

Hedera helix

Swan River Daisy

Osteospermum hybrids


Impatiens walleriana


Pelargonium x hortorum

New Guinea Impatiens

Impatiens hybrids

Ivy Geranium

Pelargonium peltatum


Lobelia erinus


Petunia x hybrida

Sweet Alyssum

Lobularia maritima

Moss Rose

Portulaca grandiflora


Tropaeolum majus


Scaevola aemula


Nierembergia hippomanica

Signet Marigold

Tagetes tenuifolia

Periwinkle/Vinca vine

Vinca minor and V. major


Verbena x hybrida


Viola x wittrockiana

A beginners guide to hanging baskets

Hanging baskets are great for small spaces and a brilliant way to add colour to otherwise drab walls and fences. They are also fabulous for brightening up patios and around doors.

They are also the ultimate container for growing trailing varieties of exotic plants whether they are flowers, vegetables or even interesting foliage.


  1. Line the basket with fresh moss or a special liner made from cardboard, fibre or foam.
  2. Place a saucer in the bottom of the basket to stop water draining straight through.
  3. Half fill the basket with a good quality potting compost, such as Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Enriched Compost Pots & Baskets, specifically designed for containers.
  4. Slip trailing plants through holes made in the side of the liner and cover the roots with more compost.
  5. Plant up the top of the basket with upright bushy plants, making sure you have plenty of trailing ones around the edge too.
  6. If you make the basket look full at planting time it will produce a much more colourful, dramatic display.


Good quality composts such as a moisture controlling compost contain slow-release plant foods that will feed your plants for up to 6 months. Most other composts will run out of steam early and weekly feeding will be necessary if your plants are to flourish throughout the summer and autumn.

To feed just once a season use a product such as Miracle-Gro Continuous Release Plant Food Tablets into the compost to feed your plants for the next 6 months. Use four in a standard 30cm (12in) basket, five in a 35cm (14in) and six in anything larger. If you prefer to feed your plants regularly and want fantastic results, then use a soluble plant food or liquid concentrate. Regular feeding will reward you with big, beautiful baskets full of colour for months on end.

Plants for hanging baskets

Examples of plants that thrive in hanging baskets:

Lantana: The Easiest Outdoor Plant

Are you looking for a plant that will thrive in the hottest and sunniest spaces? Lantana will easily provide lush foliage and abundant, colorful blooms in even the hottest, driest areas. If your summer temperatures soar and you are tired of painstakingly caring for more tender plants, plant Lantana and forget about it.

Plentiful Blooms

Lantana is an excellent container plant that will grow full enough to fill a large container. Depending on the variety, Lantana can grow up to eight feet tall and four feet wide. Lantana also produces a variety of colorful blooms. The most common is an orange and red flower or a yellow flower, but there are also varieties that produce pink or purple flowers or a combination of many colors. The small flowers set on large dense clusters. The flowers are often fragrant and are wonderful for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. Lantana is a prolific bloomer that will last throughout the entire summer season.

Care Needs

Plant Lantana in a well draining, slightly acidic potting medium. Choose mounding varieties for large pots and trailing varieties for hanging baskets. Provide plenty of water until the plant is established. After this initial period, Lantana is drought tolerant and needs to be watered only once a week. If you have a cool spring, the Lantana may grow a little slow to start. As soon as temperatures rise the plant will grow quickly.

You may give Lantana a bit of fertilizer to help get the plant started, but it does not require much. Too much fertilizer may inhibit blooms. If your plant becomes overgrown, you can prune it back aggressively. Removing spent flowers will also encourage more flowers to set on.

Lantana is a perennial in frost free climate zones. In climates with harsh winters Lantana can be treated as an annual or when grown in containers, it can be brought indoors. In a sunny location, Lantana will continue to grow inside.

Companion Plants

Lantana works well as a stand alone plant, but it can also be paired with other flowers that enjoy the sun and attract butterflies for enchanting butterfly garden arrangements. Pair Lantana with sun loving varieties of Salvia, Pentas, and Angelonia.

Suggested Varieties

Here are some of the more popular varieties of Lantana:

  • ‘Patriot Rainbow’ is a compact variety that has brilliant multicolored flowers. It grows only about a foot high and boasts yellow, fuchsia, and orange flowers.
  • ‘Pinkie’ is recommended as a trailing variety. This plant produces lovely pink and cream flowers.
  • ‘New Gold’ is a trailing plant that produces yellow flowers.
  • “Silver Mound” is notorious for attracting butterflies. It boasts cream flowers with yellow centers and mounds to about two feet tall.
  • ‘Luscious Grape’ is a prolific bloomer that produces bright purple flowers. It grows up to three feet wide and a foot and half tall.
  • ‘Samantha’ has beautifully variegated foliage and golden flowers.

Easy Care All Season

No matter what variety you choose, your container will be full of attractive blooms all season. There are few plants that require so little care and look so beautiful all season long even in hot dry weather. Use Lantana to add plentiful color to a sunny balcony, porch, or patio.

What are your favorite varieties of Lantana? What other heat tolerant plants do you use in container arrangements?

How to Grow Lantana Flowers in Containers

Lantana flowers are big cluster-growing flowers that grow in tropical regions of the Americas and Africa. They’re known as ham-and-eggs flowers because of their pink and yellow appearance and are fairly easy to grow and maintain.

However because they can’t handle the harsh cold of winter, they are best planted in a container rather than in the ground.

Step 1 – Prepare New Pot

Once you’ve picked the plant you want, prepare your pot. First, lay a few pot shards at the bottom of your new pot. Next, add your potting soil, about ¾ of the way up. Dig a hole in the center and sprinkle a little bit of mild fertilizer or compost into the bottom. The fertilizer will help the plant grow and establish a healthy root system.

Step 2 – Transplant

Take your lantana plant and flip it over, holding the bottom of the plant’s trunk for support. Thump the container a few times and slowly remove it, and then turn your plant right-side up.

Using your fingers, gently loosen the roots and shake off the excess dirt. The old soil will not help the plant. Now, gently place the plant down into the hole you’ve dug in your new pot, and gently wedge it into the hole. Backfill with topsoil and add a bit more topsoil.

Step 3 – Water and Grow

Water your lantana plant, so that you’re giving it a good head start for growth. To care for your lantana, keep the soil warm, and do not leave it in direct sunlight because you’ll scorch the flowers and leaves.

Never water from overhead, as rot and disease can occur. Also remember not to fertilize more than once a year because the plant will be more vulnerable to diseases and pests.

Once you are done, you are ready to enjoy the fragrant 2-tone clusters of flowers on your lantana plant. Also, you can bring your plant in to encourage winter growth.



If a hot, dry spot is a problem in your garden, lantana may be your solution. This hardworking plant with colorful flowers thrives with little moisture in full, unyielding sun. It’s also easy to grow and pollinator-friendly!

genus name
  • Lantana
  • Sun
plant type
  • Annual,
  • Perennial
  • 6 to 12 inches,
  • 1 to 3 feet,
  • 3 to 8 feet
  • 16 inches to 4 feet
flower color
  • Purple,
  • Red,
  • Orange,
  • White,
  • Pink,
  • Yellow
foliage color
  • Blue/Green,
  • Chartreuse/Gold
season features
  • Fall Bloom,
  • Summer Bloom
problem solvers
  • Deer Resistant,
  • Drought Tolerant
special features
  • Low Maintenance,
  • Attracts Birds,
  • Good for Containers
  • 8,
  • 9,
  • 10,
  • 11
  • Seed,
  • Stem Cuttings

Garden Plans For Lantana

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Lantana Care Must-Knows

Consider placement when growing lantana. Lantanas thrive in full sun and lots of warmth. Plants are likely to produce fewer blooms and be more susceptible to disease when in too much shade. In areas with too much moisture, powdery mildew and root rot are more likely to occur.

Older varieties of lantana can be started from seed. Many new varieties of lantana don’t produce seed and can only be propagated by stem cuttings of young growth that hasn’t gotten too woody.

Plant Details

Lantana has coarse, pungently scented, deep green leaves that act as a wonderful backdrop to its contrasting flowers. In many cases, the blooms of lantana create a tie-dye effect on the flower heads. Flowers generally start as a light color and darken as they age. Once the blooms have aged through all of their colors, they simply fall off—saving you the time of removing spent blooms.

The overall size of lantana varies. In warm southern climates, lantana can be considered a perennial or tropical shrub and can grow 10 feet tall. However, the plant is treated as an annual in most climates and still reaches almost 3 feet in one growing season. Some varieties of lantana have a trailing habit, perfect for spilling over a container or hanging basket. Upright varieties of lantana make great pops of color as high-impact annuals in planting beds among perennials for season-long color.

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Pollinator Heaven

Lantanas are extremely attractive to pollinators. It’s common to see numerous butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds swarming around these plants, drinking up the abundant nectar produced in their small, tubular blooms.

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More Varieties of Lantana

‘Bandana Cherry’ Lantana

Lantana ‘Bandana Cherry’ offers rich yellow, orange, and cherry-red blooms in large heads.

‘Bandana Pink’ Lantana

Lantana ‘Bandana Pink’ offers large heads of pink-blushed blooms that mature to rich pink.

‘Irene’ Lantana

Lantana ‘Irene’ bears bright yellow, pink, and red blooms in large clusters on a spreading plant.

‘Lucky Peach’ Lantana

Lantana ‘Lucky Peach’ offers heads of orange-peach flowers that mature to peachy-pink on compact plants.

Lantana montevidensis

Lantana montevidensis is a wild form with lavender-purple flowers on a plant that can reach 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide.

‘Landmark Pink Dawn’ Lantana

Lantana ‘Landmark Pink Dawn’ offers creamy yellow flowers that mature to soft pink.

‘Luscious Grape’ Lantana

Lantana ‘Luscious Grape’ displays clusters of lavender-purple flowers on a vigorous, floriferous plant. It grows 16 inches tall and 36 inches wide.

‘Luscious Citrus Blend’ Lantana

Lantana ‘Luscious Citrus Blend’ is a heat-loving selection with vibrant red, orange, and yellow flowers on a mounding plant that grows to 3 feet tall and wide.

‘Lucky Pot of Gold’ Lantana

Lantana ‘Lucky Pot of Gold’ offers heads of rich yellow blooms on compact plants.

‘Patriot Firewagon’ Lantana

Lantana ‘Patriot Firewagon’ offers clusters of yellow flowers that turn bright yellow and then red-orange.

‘Samantha’ Lantana

Lantana ‘Samantha’ has yellow flowers and golden-variegated foliage.

Plant Lantana With:

Angelonia is also called summer snapdragon, and you’ll know why once you get a good look at it. It has salvia-like flower spires that reach a foot or two high, studded with fascinating snapdragon-like flowers with beautiful colorations in purple, white, or pink. It’s the perfect plant for adding bright color to hot, sunny spaces. This tough plant blooms all summer long with spirelike spikes of blooms. While all varieties are beautiful, keep an eye out for the sweetly scented selections. While most gardeners treat angelonia as an annual, it is a tough perennial in Zones 9-10. Or, if you have a bright, sunny spot indoors, you can even keep it flowering all winter.

Pentas is one of the best butterfly-attracting plants around. It blooms all summer long, even during the hottest weather, with large clusters of starry blooms that attract butterflies by the dozens as well as hummingbirds. The plant grows well in containers and in the ground—and it can even make a good houseplant if you have enough light. It does best in full sun and moist, well-drained soil. Pentas is grown as an annual in most parts of the country, but it is hardy in Zones 10-11. Plant it outdoors after all danger of frost has passed.

There are few gardens that don’t have at least one salvia growing in them. Whether you have sun or shade, a dry garden or lots of rainfall, there’s an annual salvia that you’ll find indispensable. All attract hummingbirds, especially the red ones, and are great picks for hot, dry sites where you want tons of color all season. Most salvias don’t like cool weather, so plant them outdoors after all danger of frost has passed.

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