Rabbits can confound gardeners by damaging vegetables, fruit, flowers and trees. Although hungry rabbits will eat almost anything, there are some flowers they tend to avoid. Rabbits generally dislike fragrant plants and leaves with a tough or fuzzy texture. Test-plant a variety of rabbit-resistant flowers to determine what your local rabbit population dislikes before finalising selections for your principal planting.
Lamb's Ears provide ground cover for sunny spots in your garden and have soft and fuzzy leaves that deter rabbits. Drought-resistant and low-maintenance, this plant produces pink flowers in summer. Lamb's Ears are hardy in zones 4 to 8, prefer full sun and well-drained soil and grow as tall as 18 inches.
According to Medi-Rabbit, rabbits can experience allergic reactions to garlic and onions. Since alliums belong to the onion genus, it is likely that rabbits will not eat these plants. Squirrels and deer also avoid eating allium. Alliums, hardy in zones 3 to 10, range in height from 6 inches to 6 feet and grow best in well-drained soil and partial to full sun.
Salvia, the largest genus in the mint family, boasts blooms that range in colour from blue and purple to red and magenta. Unappetizing to rabbits and deer, Salvia varieties attract butterflies and bees. These plants grow between 1 and 5 feet tall depending on the variety and prefer well-drained soil and full sun. Salvias are hardy in zones 3 to 9.
Yarrow's long-lasting red, pink, yellow and white rosette blooms appear throughout the summer and attract butterflies. Rabbits dislike this drought-resistant perennial's feathery and fernlike leaves. Grow in full sun and well-drained soil in zones 3 to 9. Full-grown yarrow is 2 to 3 feet tall.
Long-blooming astilbes are common in many shade gardens. The feathery flowers display in shades of white, red and pink and sit atop abundant fernlike foliage. Astilbes range between 1 and 3 feet tall. Plant low-maintenance astilbes in full or partial shade and moist soil in zones 4 to 8.
Bee Balm repels rabbits but attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. The long-lasting red, pink, white and violet tubular flowers bloom throughout the summer and into early fall. Bee Balm grows up to 3 feet tall, is easy to care for and tolerates moist soil. Plant in zones 4 to 9 in full sun.
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