Whether your nemesis is deer, or burrowing rodents that dine on your bulbs and ornamentals, plant these critter-resistant varieties, then sit back and smile.
(Editor's Note: This article was originally published on May 5, 2008. Your comments are welcome, but please be aware that authors of previously published articles may not be able to promptly respond to new questions or comments.)
Gardeners have long battled (and lost many skirmishes) against marauding wildlife. In the dead of night, or sometimes in broad daylight, furry creatures help themselves to snacks from the vegetable garden and shrub border. Numerous home remedies are reputed to keep critters at bay, and an entire industry has created all sorts of commercial products that claim to repel animals and protect your prized plants. But the best defense is a good offense: choose plants that aren't attractive to animals in the first place. No plant is 100% wildlife-proof. If animals are hungry enough, they'll eat almost anything. But here's a long list of plants to consider if wildlife is a problem in your garden.
NOTE: Zones were taken from national nursery catalogs and various state extension fact sheets, and may differ slightly from other data resources, depending on plant variety.
About Toni Leland
Toni Leland has been writing for over 20 years. As a spokesman for the Ohio State University Master Gardener program, she has written a biweekly newspaper column and is the editor of the Muskingum County MG newsletter, Connections; she currently writes for GRIT, Over the Back Fence, and Country Living magazines. She has been a gardener all her life, working soil all over the world. In her day job, she scripts and produces educational DVDs about caring for Miniature Horses, writes and edits books about them, and has published five novels.