Can Overgrown Lantana Be Cut Back Or Pruned In Summer?

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I have a flower bed along side our pool aprox. 40+ feet long which I planted Lantana several years ago.. has always returned, but this year with all the rain.. the plants have grown so large that they are just an unsightly mess .I want to cut them back, and make the area tidy, & attractive again.
If this doesn't work, I believe they may have to be replaced, with something more manageable ,any advice will be appreciated.
Thank you,
Jeanne


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Answer #1 · Maple Tree's Answer · Jeanne-There are very few plants in my opinion that can be used as shrubs or groundcovers that are as hardy, beautiful flowering, and as drought resistant as the lantana. Many replace their lantana every 3 to 5 years as these plants can get woody and untidy looking over a period of years. Many of the lantanas need very little pruning each year to keep them looking nice. If your plants are growing well but getting to large for the garden they can be cut back. The best time to cut your lantana back is in early spring as new growth is starting to emerge. Pruning in the fall can cause the death of lantana as this makes the plant less resistant to winter cold weather. Rain entering stems can cause rotting and other diseases when cut back in the cooler wet season. The plants can be cut back to 12 inches of the ground along with cutting out any damaged or death growth. If you feel they are too large now I would only cut them back a third or less of there size now but not wait much longer in the year.

If you are interested in replacing them with another plant a few answers to questions would help to give you some ideas. What hardiness zone are you in. If your not sure give me your city and state and I can look it up. Is the area in full sun or does it get some shade during the day? Is the area kept watered or is the area fairly dry most of the time? Do you feel the soil is easily worked in or hard as clay soils can be? Does the soil seem to drain well or does water puddle for a time when watered or rained on?

I sounds as though your plants are doing well so you may be happy with pruning them back this coming year. It is always nice if keeping plants that seem to come back well each year and give you the color you enjoy can be saved with a little pruning. This pruning will also help to make the plants fuller without that woody looking appearance.

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Answer #5 · Gardenality.com's Answer · Perennial Lantana are one of the best of the flowering perennial plants for all season color. But, even the lowest growing varieties such as Chapel Hill, Gold Mound, Trailing Lavender and New Gold can spread quite wide over time. I've got some three year old of these varieties in my landscape in mid Georgia and they're about 4 to 5 feet wide this summer. To keep them in bounds in narrow beds they'd usually have to be cut back some by mid-summer.

Otherwise, if you don't want to prune them occasionally, the plants John mentioned would be good alternatives. In outdoor living areas where we spend a lot of time, I always like to plant more types and varieties of plants. Gives us more to look at and enjoy when we're spending time in these areas. Too, if one type of plant doesn't do well, or you just don't like it, you can remove and replace only that one plant. I really like the Pixie Loropetalums and Drift Roses, especially the pink and red, which in my landscape seem to perform the best. Sedums, both the spreading ones and others like Autumn Joy, are great low maintenance plants. Goldsturm Daisy is a reliable summer flowering perennial as well. Think about ornamental grasses too. I really like Muhly Grass and some of the Pennisetums around pools. Salvia greggi and Hummingbird Plant (Dicliptera suberecta) are great for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. Elephant ears are nice too around water...just make sure to get the dwarf or smaller growing varieties. Throw a couple boulders in the bed and these will really set all the plants off and add appeal.)



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Answer #3 · Maple Tree's Answer · Jeanne-Pruning you plants back in Spring will give you a better chance also to pull and hopefully control the weeds with a pre-emergent herbicide. I noted a few low growing ground covering plants you may be interested in also. These will survive in your hardiness zone and require little water once established. There are several varieties of some of these but hopefully this will give you some different ideas. The Purple Pixie Loropetalum and the Drift roses are two of my favorites. I forgot to ask how wide your planting area was but when looking at the plant files noted below you will see their height and width in the file and determine if they will fit the area. Just click on the links to go directly to the plant files.


http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/142/Shrubs/Purple-Pixie-Loropetalum.html

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/655/Roses/Red-Drift-Rose.html

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/1896/Groundcover-Plants/Andora-Compacta-Juniper.html

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/1291/Perennial-Plants/Creeping-Thyme.html

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/3204/Perennial-Plants/Angelina-Stonecrop.html

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/451/Perennial-Plants/Trailing-Lavender-Lantana.html

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/2894/Shrubs/Ceanothus-and39;Joyce-Coulterand39;.html

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/2977/Groundcover-Plants/Snow-N-Summer-Asian-Jasmine.html#Tab=Overview

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Answer #8 · Maple Tree's Answer · Jeanne-It looks as though the lantana are doing fairly well for being planted 4 to 5 years with no pruning. You will have to do some annual pruning to keep them in bounds if you don't want them to spill over the front. It does look like some are getting woody by the brown looking areas. If you are happy with them then I would try cutting them back and see how they recover. You may even want to remove some and add other plants along with them. Brent's suggestion to add more types and varieties of plants really does add interest to a garden. His suggestion adding boulders really adds interest also and helps to draw ones eye to an intersting plant along with adding a more natural look or character to your garden. I use all sizes of boulders throughout my gardens along with small natural rock to make paths through some of my beds. The stones not only look nice but act as good stepping stones or areas that I can stand or walk on when pruning and doing other work in the beds. Small paths that meander through gardens have a way of naturally drawing ones attention along the path discovering interesting plants and areas throughout the garden. You mentioned climbing into the plant crowded bed was hard at times. Large stones or small rock paths meandering through your bed would make reaching the back of you planter a lot easier. I uploaded a few pictures showing how stones throughout my gardens have added a natural more pleasing look to planted areas. You have a nice large planting area so even larger boulders could add much if you desire.

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Answer #6 · Jeanne Morrison's Answer · Again you guys have not only answered my question but the wonderful suggestions really give me some thing else to think about if these plants have to come out... really like the idea of boulders
Thanks again
P.S. I don't know what you did but I have always had trouble uploading photos.. this was so easy this time...Good work !!)


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Jeanne Morrison · Gardenality Stem · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
John I re-read your answer & didn't realize I lead you to believe the lantana had never been pruned.. here is a picture taken in June.. all this growth was from then till now... had to be all the rain It's been cut back in the fall & more in the spring guess it just likes it there,
again thank you... an (excuse the pun.).. but you guys really rock with this garden stuff..

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Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
You're very welcome Jeanne. I guess you already know how hard it can be to keep some lantana within narrow planting areas. I had to laugh at your quote: Really rock with this garden stuff. My neighbors will love it. We live at the base of small mountains where nothing but rock has been deposited over millions of years. To have property with a fair amount of top soil it has to be brought in, but after this our plants do extremely well as drainage is never a problem. I wish I could send you some of my boulders. Hopefully you will upload pictures of any changes you make in your garden. Let me know if you post any pictures in your member gardens so I don't miss them. Take Care

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Answer #4 · Jeanne Morrison's Answer · Thank you again for all the wonderful information & tips.. I will send you a picture of the bed...the plants are a little lower as out of frustration I used a electric hedge trimmer on the highest branches.. the bed is deep & it's hard to reach the back without climbing in, & is a killer on your back after several feet. ( this bed runs parallel to the pool))



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Answer #2 · Jeanne Morrison's Answer · I will cut them back as they are so over grown, the bed is in full sun all the time.. & dry most of the time.. zone 8 Warner Robins, GA. they have lots of blooms but wild & crazy looking, plus the weeds have made a home in all of this...I might try cutting them back tomorrow if it doesn't rain again.. they've been there ? 4/5 yrs
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Answer #11 · Petersmith Albert's Answer · I will cut them back as they are so overgrown, the bed is in full sun all the time.. & dry most of the time.. zone 8 Warner Robins, GA. they have lots of blooms but wild & Best cheap Computer Speakers crazy looking, plus the weeds have made a home in all of this...I might try cutting them back tomorrow if it doesn't rain again.. they've been there ? 4/5 yrs
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Answer #10 · Petersmith Albert's Answer · What beautiful arrangements.. love the rocks & now have so many more ideas.. not only for the Lantana bed but in many other areas of my gardens... did prune out the Vidmate APK download 2019 entire back of the bed ( yielding 4 huge piles of branches , revealing my iris, will trim more today, the woody area you mentioned.. thank you both , I'm your try fan!!!)



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Answer #9 · Petersmith Albert's Answer · What beautiful arrangements.. love the rocks & now have so many more ideas.. not only for the Lantana bed but in many other areas of my gardens... did prune out the Vidmate APK download 2019 entire back of the bed ( yielding 4 huge piles of branches , revealing my iris, will trim more today, the woody area you mentioned.. thank you both , I'm your try fan!!!)



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Answer #7 · Jeanne Morrison's Answer · Have you had the opportunity to see the photo of the lantana bed we've been talking about?)


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What beautiful arrangements.. love the rocks & now have so many more ideas.. not only for the Lantana bed but in many other areas of my gardens... did prune out the entire back of the bed ( yielding 4 huge piles of branches , revealing my iris, will trim more today, the woody area you mentioned.. thank you both , I'm your try fan!!!

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