When I commented on her blog, I realized I never wrote the post about Lantana that I composed in my head.
We have 3 kinds of Lantana here, including L. Camara growing in the wild garden for decades with Passiflora and Pipevines, Boneset, wild Verbena and Beautyberry. As pretty as its pink flowers are, I don't move it to the cultivated garden. It does seed about and grows wild on edges of dirt roads around here.
Almost every house between here and town has trailing yellow Lantana around a mailbox, as a ground cover or in a raised bed. I have plenty of it. Lantana is common, it's pretty and it laughs at drought and heat.
I almost forgot to mention butterflies.
Lantana monteveidensis was my favorite even before
I discovered that it also comes in white.
Lantana grows the length of the Long Rock Bed tumbling over the front side of the berm, mostly Lavender but increasingly there is white. One lavender clump failed to survive a hard winter. I rooted more white.
75% success rate: 12 of 16 rooted.
Not every cutting pictured is Lantana.
Lantana montevidensis 'Silver Mound'
Look closely for subtle differences between the lavender and
white: White has elongated leaves of a lighter shade of green.
In climates with colder winters than zone 8b, Lantana is sold as an annual for hot sunny locations. It has few pests and grows fast once the weather is hot.
You might not love its smell, but you have to love Lantana.