These Pretty Blooms Are Rabbit Proof
During their lives, rabbits will gravitate toward their favorite flowering plants throughout the growing season like pansies, tulips or impatiens. While rabbits, like deer, have adaptable appetites during periods of want, they tend to avoid plants with foliage or growth that is hairy, bitter, spicy, rough, woody, spiny, or toxic. Here are seven flowering plants that should send your rabbits searching for greener pastures.
Rabbits tend to avoid woody plants (while tender plants like bachelor's buttons are favored), and they usually pass on all types of Buddleia plants. Butterfly bushes die back to the ground in temperate climates, but quickly send out many new vigorous shoots when the ground warms in the spring. By midsummer, the plants will bear dozens of honey-scented flower panicles that will attract any butterfly species in your area. Plant butterfly bushes in full sun in average soil.
Columbine plants and flowers may look delicate, but rabbits avoid these hardy perennial flowers. Columbines thrive in the same environments that rabbits often frolic in, including alpine gardens and partially shady woodland gardens. Columbine plants are short-lived perennials, but your plants will self-seed in a non-aggressive way to create a handsome colony each year.
Nicotiana plants are members of the Solanaceae family, which contains notoriously toxic plants like nightshades, jimsonweed, and belladonna. The foliage is also sports irritating hairs, which repel rabbits. Gardeners need not come into contact with this foliage, as the plants are very easy to grow from seed, and some self sow as well. Plant in moist, fertile soil in partial shade.
Peony hybrids are seldom bothered by rabbits, but tree peonies are frequently browsed by rabbits, so choose your specimens carefully if rabbits are a problem in your landscape. If you aren't sure what type of peony is growing in your garden, observe the winter form of the plant: herbaceous peonies die back to the ground, while tree peonies maintain above ground woody stems. Both types can live for decades, so if you already have a tree peony in your garden you're trying to save, save,...MORE it's worth erecting an exclusion fence of chicken wire around the plant.
At first glance, snapdragons seem to fit the profile of a rabbit-pleasing plant, but the bitter or just plain yucky taste of Antirrhinum turns rabbits away, and the plants are deer resistant too. Snapdragons are tolerant of frost, and plants are usually available at the nursery in early spring alongside pansies and violets. Plant snapdragons in full sun in rich soil with good drainage. Although sold alongside annuals, snapdragons may come back in zones 5 and warmer with a protective mulch.
Russian SageRabbits avoid all types of sage plants, as the volatile oils contained within the foliage act as natural repellents to the animals. In addition, Russian sage leaves have a fuzzy, tough texture that rabbits find unappealing.
Russian sage plants are a go-to choice for any low-maintenance perennial border. Plant them in full sun and average soil, and expect to see wands of bee-friendly blooms from early summer until fall. Russian sage plants need no deadheading or fertilizing to perform for many years in your landscape.
Taken from https://www.thespruce.com/flowers-rabbits-wont-eat-
Till next time, this is Becky Litterer from Becky's Greenhouse, Dougherty, Iowa