May Gardening Tips

by Jane Ahrens

From Mélie’s Garden 2013

This winter, Cynnie Cook found a list of “Rabbit Resistant Perennials” from a gardening article Leila Hadley Luce wrote for the Fishers Island Gazette. We both thought the list was worth reprinting in the Fog Horn. I will not guarantee it is “full proof” for I learned, years ago, while living in Bedford, NY, that the deer ate one plant on our property, while ignoring it on our neighbor’s and vise-a-versa. So, I hesitate to say anything is “full proof”, but a number of these plants have grown in my garden on Fishers Island without a bite from deer or rabbit!

Rabbit Resistant Perennials
Achillea                                  Corydalis                               Narcissus
Aconitum (Monkshood)     Digitalis (Foxglove)             Nepeta (Catmint)
Anaphailis                             Doronicum                            Paeonia (Peony)
Anemone                               Epimedium                           Papaver (Poppy)
Aquilegia                               Filipendula                            Polygonatum
Artemisia                               Gentiana                                Polygonum
Aster                                       Geranium                               Salvia
Astilbe                                    Helleborus                             Sedum
Baptisia                                  Hemerocallis (Daylillies)    Stachys
Campanula                            Hosta                                      Trillium
Cimicifuga                              Iris                                          Trollius
Colchicum                              Kniphofia (Poker Plant)     Yucca
Convallaria (Lilly of the Valley)

Rabbit Resistant Vegetables & Annuals
Corn                                        Garlic
Cucumbers                            Onions
Peppers                                  Dusty Miller
Potatoes                                 Marigolds
Squash                                   Tomatoes

Featured Photo

USCG Eagle passing the Race early morning March 18, 2023 on her return from the Chesapeake Bay . Photo Credit Marlin Bloethe

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