I'm adding lantana to my short list of garden ornamentals that can withstand heat, drought, pests, and DEER. No, they aren't hardy through intensely cold weather, but they have been known to live through mild winters. And even starting with a new small plant in the spring, they can cover a lot of ground by summer's end.
For the record, my short list now reads:
• butterfly bush
• crepe myrtle
• ornamental grasses
• white and pink spireas
• four o'clocks
• fairy and Sarah Van Fleet roses
• and lantanas.
This is an almost-indestructible garden with some interest through the whole season.