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Brilliant colors adorn lantana from early summer through the first killing frost of autumn, as seen in May in Palm Springs, California. John Zvirovski / The Sun

Lantanas are great for troubled garden spots

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Everyone has troubled growing spots in their yards and gardens and at the beginning of each summer, these challenges rear their ugly heads. Often it is an area of poor soil conditions and moisture retention. I call these dead zones or hot spots. Often we think planting cactus will be the solution to our problems. Although that is one option, it is not the only option.


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