Rabbit - The Best Plants to Grow in Your Garden
Managing rabbits in your garden doesn’t mean sacrificing beautiful blooms and foliage. Here are some plants that are generally considered rabbit-resistant and can help deter these cute but destructive critters:
- Perennials: Some perennials that are typically resistant to rabbits include yarrow (Achillea), Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia), and daylilies (Hemerocallis). These plants have strong flavors or textures that rabbits usually avoid.
- Shrubs: Rabbit-resistant shrubs include boxwood (Buxus), juniper (Juniperus), and barberry (Berberis). Their thick or prickly foliage can discourage rabbits from nibbling.
- Annuals: Certain annuals like geraniums (Pelargonium), marigolds (Tagetes), and snapdragons (Antirrhinum) can withstand rabbit browsing.
- Herbs: Many herbs have strong scents that rabbits dislike, such as thyme (Thymus), and sage (Salvia).
- Bulbs: Daffodils (Narcissus), alliums, and snowdrops (Galanthus) are examples of bulbs that are usually safe from rabbits.
- Grasses: Ornamental grasses like feather reed grass (Calamagrostis) and sedge (Carex) can add texture to your garden and resist rabbits.
While no plant is completely rabbit-proof, these plants are less likely to be severely damaged. Remember to mix rabbit-resistant plants with more susceptible ones to deter them from your garden. Using physical barriers, like fencing and scent deterrents, can also help protect your garden from rabbits. Remember that rabbit preferences can vary based on location and availability of food sources.