Rabbit Resistant

Ah, rabbits. Cute when little bunnies, especially on someone else’s yard. Horrific when they eat every newly planted hosta, pansy, petunia or lettuce leaf overnight. That’s the thing about rabbits – they eat a lot, and there are a lot of them! So – what’s a gardener to do? First, if you have a dog, let him or her run around your garden; the scent spooks the rabbits. Next, you can add elevated garden beds, add chicken wire around them (tightly at the bottom), or even bird or deer netting. Finally, you can remove desire from the equation and just plant things rabbits are not crazy about. See the list below, but in general, think about geraniums, vinca, wax begonias; vegetables like asparagus, rhubarb and onions; and herbs like mint, basil, oregano and tarragon. (See our "Rabbit Resistant" Top 25 Rankings!)

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2023 Plant Club "Rabbit Resistant" Top 25

Plant 2023 2022
Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' 1 NR
Buxus 'Glencoe' 2 NR
Buxus 'Green Velvet' 3 NR
Buxus 'Green Mountain' 4 NR
Pachysandra terminalis 'Green Carpet' 5 NR
Impatiens x hybrida 'Sunpatiens Compact White' 6 NR
Hydrangea macrophylla 'PIIHM-II' BLOOMSTRUCK 7 NR
Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' 8 NR
Geranium 'Gerwat' ROZANNE 9 NR
Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' 10 NR
Allium 'Millennium' 11 NR
Vinca minor 'Bowles' 12 NR
Geranium maculatum 13 NR
Hydrangea arborescens 'Abetwo' INCREDIBALL 14 NR
Impatiens hawkeri 'Petticoat White' 15 NR
Hydrangea paniculata 'Quick Fire' 16 NR
Phlox divaricata 'Blue Moon' 17 NR
Lobelia cardinalis 18 NR
Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' 19 NR
Impatiens 'Bounce Violet' 20 NR
Asclepias tuberosa 'Gay Butterflies' 22 NR
Astilbe 'Maggie Daley' 23 NR
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Bailmer' ENDLESS SUMMER 24 NR
Impatiens x hybrida 'SunPatiens Compact Hot Pink' 25 NR

NR: No Ranking

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