How to Flower Plants That Rabbits Do Not Like

Overview

Rabbits can be persistent garden pests. Although cute and enjoyable when outside of your garden, rabbits can go through a crop of lettuce, flowers or other favorite crop like little living mowers. If you live in an area prone to bunnies, you have several options: Fence off your garden with rabbit proof fencing or plant flowers that rabbits are not fond of eating. By planting flowers that are known to be less than palatable to rabbits, you can help reduce conflicts.

Step 1

Select flowering plants that rabbits are known not to favor and buy nursery stock of these flowers.

Step 2

Prepare your garden bed as you would for any other flowers. Dig down 8 to 12 inches and turn the soil. Break up clumps with your hoe until the largest clump is about the size of a pea. You may need to use your hands to break up some clumps if you are working with soils that are predominantly clay.

Step 3

Add an inch or two of compost to your beds. Although not required, the organic material and nutrients in the compost will help your rabbit-resistant flowers grow.

Step 4

Remove your rabbit-resistant flowers from their nursery pots and dig holes about the same size as the root balls. Space your plants as indicated on the information spikes in the pots; different flowers have different spacing requirements.

Step 5

Plant the flowers in the holes and gently cover the roots.

Step 6

Mulch the flowers to help reduce weeds and hold moisture in the soil.

Step 7

Regularly water your rabbit-resistant flowers. If the top 1/4 inch of soil feels dry, add an inch or two of water. How often you will need to do this depends on your climate. In hot, dry climates, you may need to water every couple of days. In more humid climates, you may only need to water twice a week.

Things You'll Need

  • Nursery plants
  • Shovel
  • Hoe
  • Compost (optional)
  • Mulch (optional)

References

  • Penn State University: Rabbit Resistant Plants
  • Better Homes and Gardens: Top Rabbit Resistant Plants
Keywords: rabbit resistant flowers, planting for wildlife, rabbit proof gardening

About this Author

Although he grew up in Latin America, Mr. Ma is a writer based in Denver. He has been writing since 1987 and has written for NPR, AP, Boeing, Ford New Holland, Microsoft, RAHCO International, Umax Data Systems and other manufacturers in Taiwan. He studied creative writing at Mankato State University in Minnesota. He speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese, English and reads Spanish.