Butterflies love Verbena and so do I. I recently discovered this beautiful plant on a visit to my favorite nursery. I love the vibrant colors which I learned were naturally red and purple, before growers produced a blue variety like the one above. Continue reading
We had the same neighbors for 40 years. When they recently moved to New York, they asked if I would like this ceramic plant pot for my garden. Our children all grew up together and this container was made by their oldest daughter in her high school ceramics class. It meant something to my neighbor, but was one of those things that had to be left behind, as often happens when people move. The plant pot was empty when I received it, and I thought that my new purple lantana would go well in it. I really like the purple contrasted with the black and white.
After seeing my recent post, Lantana in a Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden, my old neighbor asked me to peek over the fence and see if the lantana was still growing in their yard. I did peek, and was happy to tell her it was. I hope she sees this post and knows I’m taking good care of this special gift.
Lantana is a wonderful addition to your garden for attracting both butterflies and hummingbirds. Last week while at the garden nursery looking at roses, I suddenly thought it would be nice to add some plants to the yard that would attract butterflies. A very helpful employee showed me many different plants, and told me that most plants that attract butterflies also attract hummingbirds. I was immediately attracted to the lantana with its many beautiful colors.
Lantana is considered a perennial in areas that don’t have hard frosts, but in colder climates, it’s treated as an annual.It grows well in both the ground and in containers, and is very popular because of its extended blooming season. I learned that In some areas it flowers all year round. This is the first time I’ve grown lantana in my garden, so I’m not sure how long we’ll have flowers. I’ll have to let you know.
Lantana should be planted in full sun, because it’s prone to mildew if grown in a shady location. It should be watered deeply, but not too frequently once established. Lantana is drought tolerant which is especially nice here in California. An occasional feeding of mild fertilizer is good, but too much water and fertilizer can actually cut down on bloom. As you can see from the above photos, I have four different colors in the garden. I brought home three last week and my husband surprised me yesterday with the lavender one in the top photo. I love all four colors and so do the butterflies. I’ve already noticed a few fluttering around the new plants, and I’m sure there will soon be more.
Above are two photos of our Topical Milkweed plant reseeding. Continue reading
I spent the morning in our garden and want to share some of what I saw. Continue reading