I've fallen hard for Lantana. It started as an innocent crush as a teenager visiting my grandparents in Georgia. I had never seen it as a child growing up in the Midwest, so the pure novelty of these beautiful flowers got me hooked at first.
Now I love lantana for a myrid reasons. Let me count the ways:
1) Attract butterflies
2) Tolerate hot and dry conditions
3) Thrive in the full sun of my backyard patio
4) Bloom consistently through spring, summer, and fall
5) Look great in beds and containers
What else can you ask for? Well, actually there are a couple things...and certain lantata cultivars have even more to offer.
How about a perennial lantana? Look no further than "Miss Huff". I've been amazed at how quickly these plants have grown since I first tried them out this spring. I've been warned they can become large shrubs after a while! They have the classic gold/orange coloration and are hardy even in Upstate South Carolina, zone 7.
How about pastel colors to suit my obsession with pink? Try "Sonset". The flowers are yellow at first but mature to beautiful coral and pinkish-purple shades.