Plants Similar to Verbena and Lantana
- Candytuft has flower clusters similar to verbena and lantana.Anna Yu/Photodisc/Getty Images
Verbena and lantana have distinct spreading habits and clusters of small flowers that grow in a wide range of brilliant colors. Both plants belong to the Vervain family of plants that hail from the tropics of America. Some other species have flowers and growth tendencies similar to the ground skimming and spreading moss verbena (Verbena tenuisecta) and weeping lantana (Lantana montevidensis), and create a similar display, but have different growing requirements.
- Creeping phlox (Phlox stolonifera) is a perennial plant that has a spreading habit similar to verbena and lantana. It is a mat-forming variety of phlox that grows up to 12 inches tall and 18 inches wide. The creeping, leafy stems on this phlox hold oblong-to-oval 3-inch green leaves. Creeping phlox bears loose flower clusters that are fragrant and tubular in shape. They feature 5, petal-like, flat, rounded lobes that are lavender and appear on the upright, flowering stems that rise above the foliage in spring. Creeping phlox grows best in full sun to part shade and well-drained soil. According to Missouri Botanical Garden, it prefers acidic, rich, organic soils that are evenly moist. Grow creeping phlox in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 to 9.
- Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens) is a woody-based, low-growing perennial flower that has a spreading form that grows in a mounding shape up to 1 foot tall. It bears clusters of flowers or corymbs that are similar to verbena and lantana. "Small, pure white, 4-petaled flowers in dense, flattened clusters (corymbs) appear in a profuse, early-to-late-spring bloom which often totally obscures the foliage," according to Missouri Botanical Garden. In warm winter climates, candytuft is evergreen, meaning its retains most of its dark green, leather-like foliage. The oblong foliage on candytuft grows 1 to 1 ½ feet long. Candytuft grows best in full sun and well-drained soil, although can tolerate part shade. Grow candytuft in zones 3 to 8.
Sweet William Catchfly
- Sweet William catchfly (Silene armeria) is a perennial flower, often grown as an annual. It bears dark-pink flower clusters, similar to verbena and lantana, which emerge in late summer; it is ideal grown in flowerbeds and borders. Sweet William grows up to 3 feet tall and has a spread of 6 to 12 inches wide. It grows best in full sun to part shade and dry to medium soil that is sandy or gravely. According to Fine Gardening, this species does not do well in hot, humid summers. Grow sweet William catchfly in zones 5 to 8.