When we look at rabbits and deer we often think of how cute and cuddly they are. In reality, they are brutal attackers…to your plants. That’s right, those cute little animals prancing around in your backyard are hunting for the perfect salad. There are some rabbit and deer resistant plants that that these little critters avoid, simply because they aren’t very tasty.
To help make sure you are finding those plants easily, we’ve put together five of those rabbit and deer resistant plants that we carry here at City Floral Garden Center.
Creeping thyme is a low growing hardy perennial that does extremely well in Colorado landscapes. It has very minimal requirements for care making it perfect for xeriscapes. Creeping thyme likes to have well-draining light, moist soil but it will do quite well in a less desirable medium. It thrives from full sun to light shade environments.
Creeping thyme despite the enticing scent we are all familiar with, deer and rabbits dislike it. It’s low growing and capable of withstanding a tromping upon making it ideal for landscaping areas that are frequented by these little critters.
As a bonus you can still use this thyme in culinary uses!
Creeping Thyme Care
Light – Full sun to partial shade
Soil – Well-draining preferred but grows well in any soil
Water – Keep moist but not soaking
Black-Eyed Susan flowers are named for their dark brown centers peering out of the gold or bronze petals. These beauties thrive in the sun and are often seen on roadsides in southern Colorado. The black-eyed susan is covered in course hair which is the primary reason that deer and rabbits stay far away from it.
These daisy-like blooms make a perfect late summer or fall bouquet. They tend to grow to about 2 feet tall and handle high heat and drought conditions well, which makes them a perfect perennial flower to grow in Colorado.
Black-Eyed Susan Care
Light – Full sun (they love it)
Soil – Grow in a variety of soils from well-draining to sandy
Water – Drought resistant, water 1 – 2 times per week
Juniper shrubs provide the landscape with distinct structure and a wonderful fragrance that few other shrubs can match. They can provide natural privacy between homes in some of the taller growing shrubs. The care of juniper shrubbery is easy because they never need pruning. Once established it’s effortless to maintain their attractive shape and they will tolerate adverse conditions without complaint.
Junipers will grow in any type of soil, just make sure it’s well-draining to avoid root rot. The best location for junipers is full sun as they love the sun and their water needs is minimal. Water during dry spells and once established they can handle whatever nature provides.
Light – Full sun
Soil – Well-draining soil of any kind
Water – During dry spells for the first 2 years
Coneflowers are a popular perennial in Colorado gardens and for good reason. They are heat and drought resistant, easy to grow, bloom for months, attract pollinators, and for the sake of this article are rabbit and deer resistant. Their spikey center and fragrance generally make them unpalatable to rabbits and deer.
Coneflower or Echinacea is a hardy perennial flower that thrives from neglect. It does best in poor or lean soil with little organic material. Make sure they are in full sun with at least six hours of sun. The further south you are its best to give them partial shade in the afternoon to help the plants from burning.
Light – Full sun
Soil – Well-draining sandy soil
Water – 1 – 2 times a week
Yarrow is popular with pollinators and practically care-free, making it perfect for borders, ground covers, and open meadows. A hardy and versatile perennial, yarrow has showy flowers that contain many tiny, tight packed flowers.
Yarrow is grown best in full sun and other than that it really doesn’t need much care. Be careful though because yarrow can be invasive and can take over other plants, so plant responsibly.
Light – Full sun
Soil – Well-draining soil but not constantly wet soil
Water – Once a week unless consistent rainfall occurs