I have found that the best thing is to maintain plants that they don't like. It was a hard lesson for me to learn. The first growing season at our house I lost hundreds of dollars just because I didn't realize how bad the rabbits were. Within days of being planted, those little *?!*@#* had eaten darn near everything to the ground. It was like laying out a buffet table.
Plus, it was exhausting. I was out there early in the morning looking for any overnight damage. I'd come home on my lunch hour and give it another check - and well, you can imagine what I did during the evening too.
So here's what I realized what rabbits won't eat - at least in my garden. I also like these plants because they give me some color.
- Salvia (I have the May Night, Caradonna. Marcus and East Friesland)
- Monarda (I have five different varieties - and they won't touch 'em)
- Catmint (see earlier post about how much I love catmint. I have the Walker's Low and the Little Titch)
- Cushion Spurge
- Blue fescue grass
- Bellflower (I thought sure the flowers would be a for certain appetizer)
- Geraniums and sometimes marigolds (they got to mine this year)
Dangerous items to plant in rabbit zones:
- Liatris: both the white and purple
- Coneflower (they've eaten all varieties - apparently they're very tasty)
- Annuals in general (petunias, lobelia, alyssum - it's like tossing them a salad.)
In an earlier post I had successfully grown zinnias this year but I do believe it's because the area was surrounded by salvia. They usually ate the zinnias plants when they were about 3 inches high.
Another reason that maybe the grasses will be a good idea ...
Feel free to add to the list!