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Sunset Lantana

I don’t buy annual flowers if I can help it; I really prefer perrenials that I can plant and forget.

My mom likes her showy annuals, and she gets a bunch of them every single year. These Sunset Lantanas are always pretty, and I love how they have multiple different colors in the same bloom.

Sunset Lantana

Over the last couple of months, Dear Readers have been emailing me and asking how I got the photos that I did.

Let me first say that it takes a lot of trial and error.

At Erin Manning’s photography workshop in Chicago, I learned to stop using the Auto functions on my camera. Instead of using the Auto mode, I almost always use the Program mode now.

For this shot, I was shooting with the Macro setting. The pictures were not coming out with blurred backgrounds like I wanted, so Istepped back and zoomed in.

At that point, the whole picture was blurry.

I remembered something I learned from Nick Kelsh’s DVD, and that is to up the ISO setting in order to get crisper pictures. I set it up to 400.

And I got this beauty with her buds in the background.

My love it.

Happily submitted to PhotoHunt (the theme this week is orange)

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13 thoughts on “Sunset Lantana”

  1. Wonderful picture and what a unique flower! I really have to get a new camera – the iPhone camera can only do so much LOL
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  2. Hi…beautiful photo, but wrong name, that plantis Sonset TM Lantana. A lantana that is #2 in a series of 4 (so far) that my husband Jim Covington patented. It is very hardy, blooms continuously from spring to first freeze, and has been known to be a hardy perennial to Zone 7 once established. Great butterfly and hummingbird plant. Beautiful pic!

  3. Hi…beautiful photo, but wrong name, that plantis Sonset TM Lantana. A lantana that is #2 in a series of 4 (so far) that my husband Jim Covington patented. It is very hardy, blooms continuously from spring to first freeze, and has been known to be a hardy perennial to Zone 7 once established. Great butterfly and hummingbird plant. Beautiful pic!

    • Hi! I just now saw this reply…have moved a few times! We live in FL now, but the plants were developed in MS for their cold hardiness and few seeds. Here is a link to a story. http://msucares.com/news/print/sgnews/sg03/sg030915.html

      We also have Sonshine, yellow upright and Samson a stunning orange & gold that blooms non-stop and stays covered w/blooms. We got sidetracked and didn’t keep production up with different growers so not as easy to find, but many varieties of lantana have come along since then, beautiful. Your photo is beautiful!

      Is you plant still alive?

        • We have friends in MO who have them planted and they come back, but they cut them back after the 1st freeze, almost to the ground and mulch very heavy. Of course it helps if it gets daily sun and isn’t planted on the North Side of the house. They get about 3 ft tall in a long growing season, but easy to keep trimmed. We always cut them back in the winter. There are all kinds of small growing varieties of lantana now. So many to choose from : )

          I don’t know much about cold weather, been in snow a few times in SC and in MS. BUT, the longer I live here in FL, the less I can take it when it the highs only reach 50! LOL. Spoiled rotten!

          The Sonset plant came from Sonshine, which was a ‘sport’ off of a very old fashioned lantana plant called Ham and Eggs. That oartucular plant survived VERY cold weather for MS, I think it didn’t get above 20 for about 3 days. Somewhere along that temp.

          Do you know if the plant is called Sonset or Sunset?

  4. Uh OH…I think I made a mistake…that COULD be Sunset lantana, which is another one, similar to Sonset, but colors are a bit lighter, and it only gets 1-2 ft. tall, and spreads on the ground. Sonset gets 3 – 4 ft. tall. I’m so sorry if I posted before I found out! Mercy on me…Becky Thanks ~:

  5. Uh OH…I think I made a mistake…that COULD be Sunset lantana, which is another one, similar to Sonset, but colors are a bit lighter, and it only gets 1-2 ft. tall, and spreads on the ground. Sonset gets 3 – 4 ft. tall. I’m so sorry if I posted before I found out! Mercy on me…Becky Thanks ~:\

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