If you live in an area where lantanas are perennial, cut back hard in the early spring to remove old growth and prevent woodiness, to about 6 to 12 inches from ground level. DO NOT hard prune in the fall - this can cause reduced cold hardiness.
Create a Lantana Topiary
We absolutely love
Lantanas. Here in Zone 7, we plant
them right after the threat of frost is over and enjoy them until frost
returns. Depending on the year,
that could mean up to 8 months of lovely, bright blooms. For those of you in 8 – 11, the sky is
the limit. Lantanas as perennials.
This season, as soon as we
can, our goal it to create some lovely Lantana Topiaries for our patio. Topiary is really just pruning and
training a plant to grow in whatever shape you want – and Lantanas are a great
choice as they grow quickly, they are easy to maintain in pots and flower like
crazy in full sun.
Decide whether or not you
want this in the landscape or the pot, and then go from there. In our case, we are using 14” planters
that we’ll under plant with low growing herbs for a nice contrast.
Plant the Lantana in
the middle of you pot. Water well,
and once the soil has settled, add more soil.
Prune (remove) any side shoots between the surface of
your pot and 2 inches or so to encourage vertical growth. Stick the stake next
to the lantana plant and fasten the two together with twist ties.
Place the pot in full
sun, and let it grow. Make sure to
continue to cut off any side growth and let the plant grow. You just want to encourage vertical
When the lantana
reaches 2 feet, cut off the very top of the main vertical stem. This will
encourage the plant to branch and get bushy.
Continue to strip the
bottom two-thirds of the plant stem of all its leaves. Trim the remaining
leaves to create a nice round top for your topiary.
Turn the plant weekly
to provide even sunlight. Fertilize every two months during active growth. And
be sure to loosen the twist ties as the plant stem grows in diameter. Pinch off
new growth regularly to keep the topiary full and round on top.