As lovers of Beatrix Potter’s books will know Peter Rabbit was very fond of lettuce. This year is the 150th anniversary of her birth and Peter’s successors still have that annoying habit of nibbling our favorite plants. While marigolds, pansies, and petunias are particular favorites, there are other plants which tend to be ignored. This article which I found over on the Garden Lovers Club website describes fifteen rabbit-resistant plants that are worth trying if you have this problem.
With all of the time you’ve invested in your garden it would be a shame to have rabbits destroy it. Here you’ll find some plants rabbits wont eat.
While cute, rabbits can be serious garden pests!
There?s nothing quite like the frustration of carefully planting and caring for your garden, only for a family of rabbits to show up and mow your plants right down to the ground!
Rabbits have favorite foods, and that?s why your neighbor?s plants may fare better than yours. But just like most animals, rabbits will eat just about anything if they?re hungry enough!
Rabbits prefer young, tender shoots, and are fond of marigolds, pansies, and petunias, among other flowers.
However, there?s hope for your garden! Rabbits just don?t like some plants, and while they might eat them if things get dire, they won?t touch them if there?s anything else on the menu nearby.
Not sure if you have rabbits? Look around your garden for pea-sized droppings in small piles, or check your plants for chewed marks. Rabbits tend to create a clean cut when they bite, so your plants will look like someone took shears to them.
We?ve assembled a list of more than a dozen ?rabbit-resistant? plants that might help your garden weather a family of hungry rabbits!
If you still have problems with rabbits nibbling on your plants, try using repellents to keep the furry critters away from your hard-won garden!
Agave is a long-leaf succulent that forms a rosette shape and is both drought-resistant and perennial. The Century Plant is one of the most popular Agave varieties for gardens.
Agave plants need full sun and gritty, well-draining soil. Most varieties will die after blooming and produce pups from the base to replace themselves.
Ajuga, or Bugleweed plants, are perfect for ground cover, and may be rose, white, or purple. Ajuga plants are evergreen or semi-evergreen?and are hardy in zones 3-9.
The plants begin blooming in early spring and continue through midsummer. They do well in any type of light, and while they prefer moist soil, they are drought tolerant.
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