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Monday, September 22, 2008

12 suggestions That are Deer and Rabbit Resistant

I stumbled across some information that may be helpful to a couple of you guys that are plagued by intruders in your garden.
Since it is almost time for us to get ready to start thinking about planting our bulbs now that fall is upon us, this is very timely information.
This information is about plants that are not appealing to such visitors as deer and rabbits. I do hope you will find something in here that will help you...and to those that do not have issues...some of these plants are so beautiful...that who cares if you have pests...plant them anyways!
Lets get started!

Daffodil One of the most recognizable bulbs, daffodil is also among the easiest to grow. Most gardeners know the cheery golden-flowering types, but keep an eye out for extra-special varieties that offer blooms in shades of white, orange, pink, and red.
Name: Narcissus selections
Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and well-drained soil
Size: To 16 inches tall
Zones: 3-8
Crown Imperial
Spring's most dramatic blooming bulb, crown imperial looks a bit like a pineapple wearing a Hawaiian shirt: The colorful red, yellow, or orange flowers are topped by a crown of leaves.
Name: Fritillaria imperialis
Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil
Size: To 3 feet tall
Zones: 5-9 Siberian Squill
Siberian squill offers some of the best colors of the spring: Its true-blue flowers are truly first rate. This adaptable bulb spreads quickly and is great for planting in your lawn for a carpet of no-maintenance blue color in early spring.
Name: Scilla siberica
Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and well-drained soil
Size: To 8 inches tall
Zones: 4-8
It's tough to have a favorite allium -- there are so many wonderful choices. Most offer globe-shape blooms in shades of white, pink, yellow, and purple.
Name: Allium selections
Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil
Size: To 4 feet tall
Zones: 4-9 Fritillaria
This uncommon gem looks like a confection; the chocolate-brown flowers have a candy-yellow tip. Happily, they're not the least bit appetizing to hungry critters.
Name: Fritillaria michailovskyi
Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil
Size: To 6 inches tall
Zones: 5-8
Grape Hyacinth
This little charmer resembles a cluster of grapes in bloom -- the blue, purple, white, or yellow flowers appear in tight clusters. This is one of our favorite spring bulbs.
Name: Muscari armeniacum
Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and well-drained soil
Size: To 8 inches tall
Zones: 4-8

Perfect for romping through a woodland garden, bluebells produce hanging clusters of blue blooms. Look around and you can find pink- or white-flowering types, as well.
Name: Hyacinthoides hispanica
Growing Conditions: Shade and moist, well-drained soil
Size: To 20 inches tall
Zones: 4-9

Dog-Tooth Violet
A charming woodland plant, dog-tooth violet bears lily-shaped flowers in shades of white, cream, yellow, and pink. Many selections also offer speckled foliage.
Name: Erythronium grandiflorum
Growing Conditions: Shade and moist, well-drained soil
Size: To 1 foot tall
Zones: 4-9 Checkered Lily
We love the charming, intricate flowers of this uncommon bulb. As the name suggests, the purple flowers bear a distinct checkerboard-pattern overlay. The pure-white selections are just as beautiful.
Name: Fritillaria meleagris
Growing Conditions: Shade and moist well-drained soil
Size: To 1 foot tall
Zones: 3-8
A charming little bulb that deserves to be a lot better known, glory-of-the-snow blooms early and bears cheery pink, blue, or white star-shape flowers. It's great for letting pop up throughout your yard.
Name: Chionodoxa luciliae
Growing Conditions: Sun or shade and moist, well-drained soil
Size: To 6 inches tall
Zones: 3-9

Winter Aconite
One of spring's first bloomers (often before the snow melts) winter aconite bears cup-shape sunny yellow flowers.
Name: Eranthis hyemalis
Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil
Size: To 3 inches tall
Zones: 4-9

Snowdrops often greet spring before the snow has gone. These beautiful little bulbs offer butterfly-shape white flowers and are great for growing in the lawn or garden.
Name: Galanthus nivalis
Growing Conditions: Sun or shade and moist, well-drained soil
Size: To 4 inches tall
Zones: 3-8

Now...I am not about to take credit for any of the information that you have just read. I am just guilty of "borrowing" the photos and the information from a Better Homes and Gardens magazine. I am also not familiar with all of the varieties you see here....and sadly most of them will not grow for me here in zone 3 as well as they will for many of you!


Justine said...

There are some really gorgeous flowers here. But what about them is unappealing to the critters?

Justine :o )

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

GM Toots,
Did you post this one for me??? you know how my deer love all my flowers...I call them my midnight gardeners here!!! someone told me to put soap out around my flowers and it would keep the deer away WRONG my deer took a bath with it after they got done eating..Hope all is well in your world today..glad to know your in the New York Groove!! haha love ya girl..hugs and smiles..Gloria

Anonymous said...

Have anything for zone 11 lol. I will be planting my vegies and herbs and flowers within the next two weeks. They should thrive until next April or May. Si my garden suffers in the summer but makes up for it in the winter, now if I can just get the darn zucchini, I will be a happy camper. Happy gardening, Katherine.

SG said...

Wabbits! Wabbits! I love wabbits.

Do they carry ticks? I love deer too but hate the deer ticks.

No worries here. I don't have a garden. lol.

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

I loved your post on bulbs. I really don't plant bulbs. I really should plant some!! It would be fun!!

squawmama said...

Good info... I can't garden to much living in my motorhome but will pass this on to those I know will use it. I mainly do a little herb garden...

Hugs, Donna

Buffie said...

Oh wow, what treat! Eye candy to me! I've never seen the checkered lily before either but you sure did make me want to get out in my garden! Of course AFTER I bath myself in mosquito spray that is, they're really bad after that storm we just had!

Tress said...

What great photos! WHat about keeping those pesty tree rats (squirrels) away-I planted over 60 bulbs last year and only 15 made it because of squirrels-the businesses around us feed them so they stick around!!
Hope all is going good for you-I have been praying for you!

Julie said...

You know, you would make a wonderful gardening instructor! My daughter had a class in high school, where they brought in a man who owns a horticulture company...and he actaully taught a horticulture class to them for 1 semester! It was very hands on, and the kids loved it! I can just see you doing this, and the kids would just love you!!!

cindy said...

Tootsie, thank you sooo much for posting this information!...Our neighborhood is thick with deer, (some of the neighbors feed them). This info comes just in time...we are starting to landscape and now I can map out where and what I am going to plant. take care ~Cindy~

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