Here in North Carolina, lantana is often sold as an annual but there is at least one variety, called Miss Huff, that survives our winters and comes back year after year. We have two of these ‘Miss Huff’ lantana outside our front door. Lantana is a great bloomer, starting in early summer and continuing, on and off, until frost.
I took lots of photos of our lantana in early August when I first intended to use its flowers as a yard bouquet.
I didn’t choose lantana as a yard bouquet this summer though because when I went out to clip some flowers, I found this:
In fact, there were about half a dozen butterflies on the lantana and they were very busy with the flowers. Somehow I couldn’t bring myself to cut some flowers when the butterflies were enjoying them so much. Instead, I just went back inside and thought I’d try to figure out what kind of butterfly was in our front yard. I did a little search to see if I could identify the butterflies. I think they’re Eastern Tiger Swallowtails (which you can read about here and see if you agree with my assessment).
The butterflies departed weeks and weeks ago, but the lantana continues to bloom so I figured it was about time to clip some of the flowers before a frost comes and they’re gone until next summer.
I’ve created a lot of yard bouquets this year, but this lantana is certainly one of my favorites. I think my fondness for it has something to do with Charlie’s love of the color orange. I have a new appreciation for the color and now I often look for ways to incorporate orange into the house. The different colors of the lantana play off perfectly with Charlie’s orange mug and the whole thing just seems happy.
You can check out my 19 other free bouquets of flowers I’ve clipped from my yard by clicking on the Yard Bouquets link below.