Japanese Beetles are a ferocious feeder than can decimate a garden in no time. If you own one of the plants Japanese beetles attack, you know how frustrating this insect can be. It is devastating if you own plants Japanese beetles attack to watch a beloved plant devoured in a matter of days by these hungry and creepy bugs. While eliminating Japanese beetles can be challenging, one of the things you can do is to grow plants that deter Japanese beetles or plants that don’t attract Japanese beetles. Either of these options will allow you to have a garden that will not become an annual smorgasbord for Japanese beetles.

Japanese beetles are an easy pest to identify in the garden as they make themselves known immediately. When present you can spot them as they have bright metallic green heads with metallic copper coloured bodies. If none are visible the skeletonizing of the leaves they feed on are a dead giveaway. These beetles seem to not enjoy the veins as they feed around them leaving the distinct damage in their wake.

Plants That Deter Japanese Beetles

While it may seem amazing, there are actually plants Japanese beetles avoid. The typical kind of plant that will help to drive away Japanese beetles will be strong smelling and may taste badly to the insect. Some plants that deter Japanese beetles are:

Catnip Chives Garlic
Larkspur Leek Marigolds
Onions Rue Tansy
White Chrysanthemum White Geranium

Growing plants Japanese beetles avoid around plants that they like can help to keep Japanese beetles away from you beloved plants.

Plants That Don’t Attract Japanese Beetles

Another option is to grow Japanese beetle resistant plants. These are plants that simply don’t interest Japanese beetles that much. Be warned though, even plants that don’t attract Japanese beetles can occasionally suffer from minor Japanese beetle damage. But, the nice thing about these plants is that the Japanese beetles will quickly lose interest in them as they are not as tasty to them as some other plants are. Japanese beetle resistant plants include:

American Sweet Gum American Elder Begonias
Black Oak Boxelder Boxwood
Caladiums Common lilac Common Pear
Dusty Miller Euonymus Flowering Dogwood
Forsythia Green ash Holly
Hydrangea Junipers Magnolia
Persimmon Pines Red Maple
Red Mulberry Red Oak Scarlet Oak
Shagbark Hickory Silver Maple Tuliptree
White Ash White Oak White Poplar

Japanese beetles can be frustrating, but they do not have to ruin a garden. Careful planting of plants that deter Japanese beetles or plants that don’t attract Japanese beetles can help you to have a more beetle free yard. Replacing plants Japanese beetles attack with plants Japanese beetles avoid will make life much easier for you and your garden.

Plants Japanese Beetle Feast On

As Japanese Beetle are such opportune feeders this list is not in any way comprehensive. We have simply put together a small collection of our top selling plants from the Garden Centre which Japanese Beetle find highly attractive. If you are looking for plants to avoid if you have a beetle phobia then these are plants you should try to stay away from growing.

Acer (Maple) Alcea (Hollyhock) Asparagus
Aster Buddleja (Butterfly bush) Canna
Cosmos Dahlia Digitalis (Foxglove)
Echinacea (Coneflower) Hemerocallis (Daylily) Heuchera
Hibiscus Hydrangea Impatiens
Ipomoea (Potato Vine) Iris Ocimum (Basil)
Phlox Rhododendron Rose (Rose)
Rubus (Raspberry, Blackberry, etc.) Syringa (Lilac) Viburnum
Weigelia Wisteria Zinnia

Control of Japanese Beetle

We have prepared a number of How To Control Japanese Beetle in our Garden Guides section. It looks at some conventional suggestion like the Japanese Beetle trap and gives our suggestion on what to use and what not to, like why the traps are not a good control tool.