Gardening Tips: Rabbit, Rabbit

gardening tipsLike most of you (I guess) at this time of year, I’m trying to decide what to plant.

This year’s Big Challenge (i.e., for me that means something that requires a little bit of thought) is the flower beds. They’ve gotten a little ragged looking, and, anyway, I want to put in some new flowers.

One of the things that makes my plant choices a Big Challenge is The Rabbit.

Gardening Tips for Rabbit-Resistant Plants

Last year an adorable young rabbit took up residence in the yard and proceeded to eat all of the zinnia seedlings before moving on to the kale. Granted he did spend most of his time on the Lirope, and we’ve got plenty of that, and we like him, but I don’t really want to spend too much time and money to have it all end up as rabbit chow. (I am actually willing to buy him rabbit chow if he’ll leave the plants alone.)

So, I’ve done a little research to find out which flowers are the least attractive to The Rabbit in the hope that he’ll leave them alone.

I say “in the hope that” because rabbits are, like everyone else, individuals and they have their owns tastes. Or the weather could be bad, and they’ll eat whatever they can find. Or they might just feel like trying a rabbit-resistant plant for the heck of it.  You never know.

But to help my odds, I did some research, and I’ve got a list of Possibly Rabbit Resistant Flowers that you might be interested in, too.

Agave
Anemone
Angelonia
Anise Hyssop
Aster
Astilbe
Azalea
Balloon Flower
Balsam
Baptisia
Beard Tongue
Bee Balm
Begonia
Blackfoot Daisy
Black-Eyed Susan
Blanket Flower
Bleeding Heart
Blue Fescue
Blue Star
Butterfly Bush
Butterfly Weed
California Fuchsia
California Poppy
Candytuft
Canna
Catmint
Centaurea
Columbine
Coreopsis
Cranesbill
Crocus
Crown-Pink
Daffodil
Daylily
Dead Nettle
Euphorbia
False Spiraea
Feather Grass
Ferns
Fleabane
Forget-Me-Not
Foxglove
Fritillaria
Geranium
Ginger
Gloriosa Daisy
Hellebore
Herbs (except Basil)
Iris
Lamb’s Ears
Lantana
Larkspur
Lavender
Lupine
Marigold
Moss Pink
Mums
Naked Lady
Oriental Poppy
Peony
Petunia
Pincushion Flower
Pink Sea Thrift
Red-Hot Poker
Russian Sage
Salvia
Santolina
Saxifrage
Serbian Bellflower
Siberian Iris
Snapdragons
Snow-in-Summer
Speedwell
Squill (Bluebell)
Straw Flower
Swan River Daisy
Sweet Violet
Verbena
Veronica
Vinca
Yarrow
Zinnia

I hope that if you’ve got a bunny problem, the list helps. I’m not saying it’s completely comprehensive, but some of these have got to work no matter what zone you’re in.

Monday, I’ll deal with Challenge #2: The Deer and look for some deer-resistant plants for those of us with that problem.

My thanks to Better Homes and Gardens, About.com, and The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension.

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