Garden Critters


It’s spring! Is something trimming your plants besides you? It might just be rabbits. Rabbits are crepuscular, which means they are active at twilight. Even if you haven’t seen bunnies in your garden, they often leave evidence that they have visited. Signs that rabbits have been in your gardens are the pea-sized droppings they leave behind. Sometimes plants will look as though they’ve been trimmed with pruners rather than nibbled—that’s because rabbits have both upper and lower incisors. Perhaps you are missing some young, tender plants, or maybe you’ve found tufts of hair where an animal might have been digging or you’ve noticed that something has gnawed on the bark around tree trunks or woody plants.

Rabbits aren’t particular—they will eat almost any vegetation and adjust their diets to what’s available which makes it hard to rabbit-proof any landscape. Fortunately, there are a few plants that rabbits don’t fancy so you might give these plants and shrubs a try if bunnies are nearby.

Rabbit-Resistant Plants:
  • Catmint
  • Geranium
  • Milkweed
  • Snapdragon
  • Sunflower
  • Sweet Alyssum
  • Lantana
  • Marigold
  • Vinca
  • Wax begonia
Rabbit-Resistant Woody Plants:
  • Butterfly Bush
  • Clematis
  • Coral Berry
  • Duetiza
  • Juniper
  • Lilac
  • Rose of Sharon
  • Spirea
Duetiza grows well in zones 5-8 and tolerates a variety of soil conditions and shade.