While they are extremely cute, and a welcome sight at Easter, a rabbit in the garden is never a welcome guest for gardeners. There are no truly rabbit-proof plants but these plants are ones rabbits will bother very little or seldomly. When shopping for rabbit resistant plants look for plants with milky sap, ones that are spiny or thorny or that are heavily aromatic. Remember tender or developing growth even on the plants on our last may require protecting, especially during the spring. We recommending using Bobbex, a natural critter repelling product or creating a physical barrier using chicken wire, tin foil or burlap. When the plants mature they will become more rabbit proof.

Aside from selecting plants that aren’t favourites of rabbits you can also take steps to protect the plants you have that are nibbled on by rascally rabbits. One such treatment is sprinkling blood meal around plants is a natural way to protect against rabbits and other creatures. Blood meal is literally dried blood from abattoirs, which sends a danger signal to other wildlife. As an added benefit, blood meal is an excellent fertilizer high in phosphorus, promoting strong root growth.


Ageratum Asparagus (fern & vegetable Begonia (waxed varieties)
Browallia (Bush Violet) Catharanthus (Flowering Vinca) Cleome
Cucurbita (Summer Squash) Dahlia Helichrysum (Strawflower)
Ipomoea (Morning Glory) Lantana Lycopersicum (Tomato)
Marjorana (Marjoram) Nicotiana Ocimum (Basil)
Ornamental Grasses/Phormium Petroselinum (Parsley) Rosmarinus (Rosemary)
Salvia farinacea (Blue Salvia) Senecio (Dusty Miller) Solanum (Potatoes)

Perennials & Hardy Bulbs

Acanthus (Bear’s Breeches) Achillea (Yarrow) Aconitum (Monkshood)
Ajuga Alchemilla (Lady’s Mantle) Allium (Onions, Chives, etc.)
Anemone Aquilegia (Columbine) Artemisia
Aruncus (Goat’s Beard) Asclepias (Butterfly Weed) Aster
Astilbe Athyrium (Painted Fern) Bergenia
Brunnera Colchicum (Autumn Crocus) Convallaria (Lily of the Valley)
Corydalis Crocosmia Cyrtomium (Holly Fern)
Delphinium Dicentra (Bleeding Heart) Digitalis (Foxglove)
Doronicum (Leopard’s Bane) Echinops Epimedium
Eryngium (Sea Holly) Eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed) Euphorbia
Filipendula (Queen of the Prairie) Fritillaria (Crown Imperial) Galanthus (Snowdrop)
Galium (Sweet Woodruff) Geranium Geum
Gypsophila (Baby’s Breath) Helenium (Helen’s Flower) Helianthus (Perennial Sunflower)
 Helleborus (Lenten Rose) Hemerocallis (Daylily) Heuchera (Coral Bells)
Hyacinth Iberis (Candytuft) Iris
Kniphofia (Red-Hot Poker) Lamium Lavandula (Lavender)
Leucojum (Spring Snowflake) Linum (Flax) Liriope (Lilyturf)
 Lupinus (Lupine) Lysmachia Matteuccia (Ostrich Fern)
Mentha (Mint)  Monarda (Bee Balm) Myosotis (Forget Me Not)
Narcissus (Daffodil) Nepeta (Catmint)  Origanum (Oregano)
Ornamental Grasses Osmunda (Cinnamon Fern)  Paeonia (Peony)
Papaver (Poppy) Penstemon Perovskia (Russian Sage)
Polygonatum Pulmonaria (Lungwort) Rheum (Rhubarb)
Salvia (Meadow Sage) Santolina (Lavender-Cotton) Saxifraga
Sedum (Upright types) Stachys (Lamb’s Ear) Sisyrinchium (Blue-eyed Grass)
 Tanacetum (Tansy) Tiarella (Foamflower) Tradescantia (Spiderwort)
Trollius Verbascum (Mullein) Veronica (Speedwell)
Vinca (Myrtle)

Trees & Shrubs

Azalea Berberis (Barberry) Betula (Birch)
Buddleia (Butterfly Bush) Buxus (Boxwood) Calluna (Heather)
Clethra Cornus (Dogwood) Cotoneaster
Cratageus (Hawthorn) Daphne Deutzia
Erica (Heath) Fagus (Beech) Gleditsia (Honey Locust)
Hydrangea Ilex (Holly, any type) Juniper
Kalmia (Mt. Laurel) Kolkwitzia (Beautybush) Laburnum (Goldenchain Tree)
Ligustrum (Privet) Lonicera (Honeysuckle) Magnolia (Saucer, Star)
Microbiota (Siberian Cypress) Myrica (Bayberry) Philadelphus (Mockorange)
Picea (Spruce) Pinus (Pine) Potentilla
Rhododendron Rhus (Sumac) Ribes (Currants)
Rosa (Rose, thorny varieties) Spiraea Syringa (Lilac)