Lantana montevidensis and Companions

Lantana may be an annual where you garden. It is perennial here. Yellow lantana is happiest in hot midsummer sun. Lantana montevidensis welcomes cool nights.

Lavender lantana

Lantana montevidensis

Usually seen in lavender, the white is equally pretty with a slight yellow eye. I rooted half a dozen for next year’s white bed beside the greenhouse.

White Lantana

White Lantana

Among the companions for Lantana montevidensis, I use Duranta which is a great mid-summer bloomer and Salvia leucantha for the big fall show. At the end is a great swatch of Purple Heart and some Chartreuse alternanthera which has been overcome with the Purple heart.

A few Melampodium and Black eyed Susans always show up for the party. I long noticed that butterflies ignored Melampodium but I let it grow where it would for the yellow color. Recently I noticed that it attracts many beneficials.

Salvia Leucantha behind

Salvia leucantha behind Lantana

Purple Heart

Purple Heart

Chartreuse Alternanthera

Chartreuse Alternanthera

Gulf Frits on Yellow Lantana

Gulf Fritallaries on Yellow Lantana

Cloudless Sulphur on L. montevidensis

Cloudless Sulphur on L. montevidensis

I watch for migrating Monarchs on Salvia leucantha. American Painted Ladies show up on occastion. Buckeyes are mostly visiting Agalinis outside the Butterfly Garden in the meadows where Agalinis serves as both nectar and host plant.

Agalinis

Agalinis

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1 Comment

  1. Hi NJ, Lantana is certainly very pretty, but here in Australia it is a very bad weed. There was a film made called Lantana, about a murder. So it definitely has a different cultural connotation! I love that Purple Heart, I’ve seen it but couldn’t work out where to put it, what it would go with in my garden. The colour schemes in this post are divine – purples and whites.

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