One of the cutest of mammals lives on young plants, shoots and veggies. As cute, they are as harmful to the garden.
No matter what the season is, rabbits can do harm to your garden almost all year round. A pack of rabbits can destroy the whole of your garden overnight.
As most of the vegetables are planted in the season of winter, they make a meal of the tender shoots. They have to take food all the year round but when have enough food to have they become choosy.
Some of us think that the rabbits belong to the rodent family; they are not. Rabbits are belongings of lagomorphs. The thing that makes the rabbits different from rodents is their teeth.
They have teeth cum incisors like the squirrels and mice. Their incisors are larger than other rodents and more in number than other rodents.
Rabbits have incisors in both upper and lower jaws which make them more harmful. Here we said we are making a list of rabbit-proof plants. That’s right.
The reality is, there is no plant actually rabbit-proof. They just become choosy when they get plenty of food during winter and spring. When the food is not enough, they can have their meal on anything they get.
Plants rabbit don’t like to have
Not all the plants are liked by the rabbits. Some of the plants with high fragrant and flavor the rabbits ignore. There are a variety of vegetables, perennials and shrubs the rabbits will not be happy to have and can be called rabbit-proof plants. Let’s check them by category:
Perennials and annuals
These are the perennials rabbits don’t like to have because most of them come with thorns, bitter taste and strongly fragmented.
- Artemisia (Artemisia)
- Butterfly bush (Buddleia)
- Blue star(Amsonia hubrichtii)
- Black-eyed Susan(Rudbeckia hirta)
- Blanket flower(Gaillardia)
- Blue mist shrub(Caryopteris x clandonensis)
- Anemone(Anemone x hybrida)
- Beard tongue (Penstemon)
- Bee balm(Monarda)
- Daffodils(Narcissus hybrids)
- Lamb’s ear(Stachys byzantina)
- Maiden grass(Miscanthus)
- Pincushion flower(Scabiosa)
- Russian sage(Perovskia atriplicifolia)
- Salvia(Sage spp.)
- Sea holly(Eryngium)
- Sea thrift (Armeria)
- Dead nettle(Lamium maculatum)
- False indigo(Baptisia australis)
- Ginger (Asarum spp.)
- Ice plant(Lampranthus)
- John’s wort (Hypericum)
- Tickseedor Coreopsis
- Snapdragons(Antirrhinum majus)
- Snow-in-summer (Cerastium tomentosum)
- Spanish bluebell(Hyacinthoides hispanica)
- Speedwell (Veronica spp.)
- Spider flower(Cleome)
The tastes of these vegetables are not suitable and familiar to the rabbits, and they like to keep a distance from these ones.
Trees and shrubs
These are thorny and bitter tasty ones so no harm with rabbits.
- Black walnut (Juglans nigra)
Plants the rabbit’s love
Earlier it is said that the rabbits can feed on anything. The list will be as long as the winter nights of the plants the rabbits eat. Here we have listed some of the plants the rabbits love to have:
Annuals and perennials
Most of these ones are planted outdoors, and their shoots are very tender and easy to chew. During nightimes, these plants are left alone outside so they are an easy meal for the rabbits.
- Baby’s breath(Gypsophila paniculata)
- Bachelor’s button(Centaurea cyanus)
- Bellflower (Campanula spp.)
- Rose moss(Portulaca grandiflora)
- Sweet pea(Lathyrus latifolius)
- Sweet woodruff(Galium odoratum)
- Cockscomb(Celosia argenta cristata)
- Coneflower(Echinacea purpurea)
- Coral bells(Heuchera sanguinea) [flowers only]
- Crocus(Crocus hybrids)
- Lilies(Lilium hybrids)
- Impatiens(flowers mainly)
- Cosmos(Cosmos bipinnatus)
- Gayfeather(Liatris spicata)
- Great masterwort (Astrantia major)
- Mountain bluet (Centaurea montana)
Not well-grown vegetables but the newborn shoots are the favourite ones of the rabbits. They will love to have some dinner on these.
- Peas(especially the leaves and tendrils)
- Swiss chard
- Carrots(particularly the tops)
Shrubs and trees
Shrubs are not only loved by the rabbits, but they can also be very helpful for the garden. Animals are not like us and always in search of the best. They love easy foods and shrubs can be the easiest foods for them. As they feed over the shrubs with their tummy loaded, they may spare your other plants.
- Flowering quince(Chaenomeles)
- Dogwood(Cornus spp.)
- Fothergilla(Fothergilla spp.)
- Burning bush(Euonymus spp.)
- Eastern white pine(Pinus strobus)
- Apples/crabapples (Malus spp.)
- Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum)
- Chokeberry(Aronia spp.)
- Deutzia (Deutzia sp)
- Eastern redbud(Cercis canadensis)
- Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.)
- Rose of Sharon(Hibiscus syriacus)
- Smokebush(Cotinus coggygria)
- Honeylocust (Gleditsia spp.)
- Hydrangea(Hydrangea spp.)
- Mountain ash (Sorbus spp.)
- Viburnum(Viburnum spp.)
- Witch Hazel(Hamamelis virginiana)
- Oak (Quercus spp.)
- Poplar (Populus spp.)
- Rose (Rosa spp.)
- Spirea (Spiraea spp.)
- Sumac(Rhus spp.)
- To get rid of the rabbits from your garden, you can use some rabbit repellents. Try to use the natural ones that will not kill the rabbit but keep them away from the garden and plants. Some blood meals can make your job done as the rabbits feed on greens. When you use the blood meal in the garden, they will not eat the plants and they will be safe. Also, as these repellents are rich with nitrogen and phosphorus, they can be helpful for the soil and plants growth.
- Having dogs and cats as a pet can also be helpful to get rid of rabbits. Train your pets not to be friendly with the rabbits, and they will do the rest of their job.
- Some 1-inch gapped metal fencing of 2-3 feet of height can also be helpful to keep the rabbits far from your garden and to ensure your plant’s safety.