What should we plant that will be safe from deer and bunnies eating them?

@tinym8 (403)
United States
June 11, 2010 12:09pm CST
We have a house very close to forest areas. We have lots of rabbits and a few deer that come through our yard pretty often. (Not to mention lots of other animals). Have you had experience with planting flowers where these animals roam through? We have had tulips and begonias de-capitated and some eaten. These were near or on our deck so they are not afraid to come near the house. I was thinking of planting a small rock garden on the side of our front lawn but don't know what flowers will be safe from the critters. Any suggestions?
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@peavey (16876)
• United States
11 Jun 10
What about roses? I don't know, but it seems that they wouldn't bother them. I know that bugs don't like the smell of marigolds, but I don't know about rabbits and deer. One thing you could do is use fox or coyote urine to scare them away.
@tinym8 (403)
• United States
12 Jun 10
Hi Peavey. Thanks for your reply to my question. We could try roses. The thorns I'm sure will discourage the little critters. But, we'll need some low to the ground flowers for the rock garden I think. Just thought some people with experience with rock gardens might have some ideas. I love roses, though. I had a rose bush at a home I lived in most of my life...beautiful pink ones. That bush lasted forever! It was still going strong when we moved from that house. Do you have roses?
@peavey (16876)
• United States
12 Jun 10
Yes, I have roses, but I don't have any deer here, so I'm not sure that they would work. I can't think of anything that's short to use in the rock garden. Maybe ask around locally to see what others have done.
@tinym8 (403)
• United States
13 Jun 10
Yes, I will try and ask around and also try to be more observant of other gardens as I drive through the neighborhood. I love having the animals around our house but they can cause problems too, unfortunately. I'm a big lover of animals though and I'd rather have the animals than the plants.
@ellie333 (21029)
17 Jun 10
Hi Tinym8, I keep rabbits and if I let there near the garden beds they will tend to eat anything, including the rose bushes but good luck with finding somethingthat doesn't get eaten. Here in the UK weput mesh around the base of young trees so the rabbits and deer don't eat them perhaps you could do this around your garden section. Huggles. Ellie :D
@tinym8 (403)
• United States
19 Jun 10
Hi Ellie, We have two begonia plants on our deck about 3 feet from the front door. One of the flowers got "decapitated" by I imagine a bunny about a week ago. Today another one from the same plant is "decapitated" also. Bunny just gnawed, let it fall and didn't eat it. I guess we'll try moving them to the other side of the deck and right next to the door to try to discourage bunny eating. Do they eat the bark on all young trees or just certain kinds? We're thinking of planting a birch tree in the front yard. I hope it doesn't get eaten too if we do plant it.
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@ellie333 (21029)
19 Jun 10
Hi Tiny, Right I have done a search for you on a rabbit site I use and whatspoinsoinous to rabbits are Yew trees, planys, azaela, tulips, lillies, cyclamen and rhondedendron, they are also can't eat things like aloe vera so there is a fair choice there. In fact they can't really eat anything thats bulbed rather than seeded and also as I found out the seeds from apples can kill them even though thet can eat the fruit. Hope this helps :)
@ellie333 (21029)
19 Jun 10
They also won't eat lavender and that makes the garden smell lovely too. You can get a special repellent called deer off for the deer and I think there is one for rabbits but don't know what it is called. Whenever Ibreak an egg I also crush the crush into finepieces andplace round my marigolds so the slugs an snails don't eat.