Editors' Picks: Top Rabbit-Resistant Plants

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We've pulled together a gallery of some of our favorite plants that rabbits avoid in our gardens.

To start, it's important to know that there are few truly rabbit-resistant plants. Like people, different rabbits have different favorite foods. One family of rabbits in your area may mow down a certain plant in your yard but a different group will avoid the same plant in your neighbor's yard down the street.

Also, like people, when rabbits are hungry enough, they'll eat just about anything! With that in mind, here are plants we've noted rabbits tend to stay away from.

Veronica

We love veronica because it blooms all summer long. The flower spikes appear in cheery shades of blue, pink, and white. It's easy to grow and adds great texture to many other front-of-the-border plants. Name: Veronica spicata Growing conditions: Full sun or partial shade and well-drained soil Height: 1-2 feet tall Zones: 3-8

Siberian Iris

Siberian iris is our favorite of the iris tribe. It blooms a little later than the tall bearded types and features wonderful grassy foliage with elegant blue, purple, rose, or white blooms. The flowers, like most iris, are great for cutting and the plant has especially nice form even when it's not in bloom. Name: Iris sibirica Growing conditions: Full sun or partial shade and well-drained soil Height: 1-3 feet tall Zones: 4-9

Salvia

There are a whole host of salvias great for the garden and almost all are nicely rabbit resistant. The blooms range from bright red to shades of purple and blue. Most make great cut flowers, too. Name: Salvia varieties Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Height: 1-5 feet tall, depending on variety Zones: 3-9, depending on variety

Peony

Peonies are as rabbit-resistant as they are beautiful. These long-lived perennials are tough, too -- as long as you stake up their heavy late springtime flowers to keep them from spilling on the ground after a heavy rain. Name: Paeonia varieties Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Height: 2-7 feet tall, depending on variety Zones: 3-8, depending on variety

Daylily

One of the hardiest garden plants, daylilies bloom in a rainbow of shades and can take all but the toughest conditions. Grow them in full sun and enjoy their easy-growing beauty. Name: Hemerocallis varieties Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Height: 2-6 feet tall, depending on variety Zones: 3-10, depending on variety

Daylilies and lilies are two big-impact, easy-to-grow plants for your summer garden.

Video: Grow Lilies and Daylilies

Watch this quick video for tips on how to grow beautiful, rabbit-resistant daylilies.

Allium

From the cute 6-inch-tall rock garden types to the 6-foot-tall giants, alliums are great garden plants. Perfect cut flowers and long-lived garden residents, it's an added bonus that deer, rabbits, and even squirrels tend to pass them by. Name: Allium varieties Growing conditions: Full to partial sun and well-drained soil Height: 6 inches to 6 feet tall Zones: 3-10, depending on variety

Anise Hyssop

An incredibly rugged North American native plant, anise hyssop bears spikes of violet-blue flowers from midsummer to fall. The flowers and the foliage have a decidedly anise scent, hence its common name. Name: Agastache varieties Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Height: 2-6 feet tall, depending on variety Zones: 4-10, depending on variety

Astilbe

One of the most common plants in the shade garden, rabbit-resistant astilbe sends up feathery plumes of pink, white, and red in early summer. Its glossy divided foliage looks great, too -- especially the varieties with bronzy tones infused in the leaves. Name: Astilbe varieties Growing conditions: Shade or partial shade and moist soil Height: 1-3 feet tall Zones: 4-8

Baptisia

One of the toughest plants in the garden, baptisia bears spikes of violet, blue, yellow, or white flowers in early summer. The plants are very heat- and drought-resistant and their blue-green foliage continues to look great all the way to frost. Name: Baptisia australis Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Height: 5 feet tall Zones: 3-9

Bee Balm

Rabbits may not like bee balm, but hummingbirds sure do! This easy-growing plant produces lots of pink, red, violet, or white flowers from summer to early fall. The flowers are long lasting and great for cutting. Name: Monarda varieties Growing conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil Height: 1-3 feet, depending on variety Zones: 4-9

Catmint

A perfect companion for hybrid roses, catmint offers gray-green foliage and clusters of blue, violet, pink, or white flowers through the summer. This winner takes heat and drought well. Name: Nepeta varieties Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Height: 1-2 feet tall Zones: 4-8, depending on variety

Daffodil

While many spring bulbs are rabbit magnets, the pesky critters avoid daffodils. These bulbs bloom in shades of red, orange, yellow, white, and pink and offer a variety of flower shapes. Daffodils are also long-lived garden plants. Name: Narcissus varieties Growing conditions: Sun or shade and well-drained soil Height: To 1 foot tall Zones: 3-9, depending on variety

Foxglove

A cottage-garden favorite, foxglove produces spirelike spikes of pink, rose, white, and yellow. Though many common varieties are biennial (meaning they typically live only about two years), they will self-seed if you don't deadhead them. Name: Digitalis varieties Growing conditions: Partial sun and moist, well-drained soil Height: 2-6 feet tall, depending on variety Zones: 3-8, depending on variety

Lavender

One of the more ornamental herbs, lavender produces wonderfully fragrant foliage and flowers. The blooms typically appear in shades of violet and white and are wonderful for drying and using in sachets and other craft projects. Name: Lavandula varieties Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Height: 1-2 feet tall Zones: 5-8, depending on variety

Learn how to grow beautiful, fragrant lavender in your garden.

Video: More on Lavender

Watch our quick video to learn more about growing beautiful, fragrant lavender.

Fritillaria

Fritillarias are underused spring bulbs. These interesting bulbs offer a wide variety of flower colors, forms, and sizes. Among the best known are crown imperials (shown), which grow 3 feet tall and are one of the most flamboyant plants in the spring garden. Name: Fritillaria varieties Growing conditions: Full sun or partial shade and well-drained soil Height: 6 inches to 4 feet tall Zones: 3-9, depending on variety

Hellebore

A nearly indestructible shade-garden plant, hellebores bloom in late winter or early spring and produce black, red, pink, white, cream, or green flowers. In many climates, the plants are semi-evergreen. Name: Helleborus varieties Growing conditions: Shade and moist, well-drained soil Height: 1-2 feet tall Zones: 4-9, depending on variety

Iris

We love tall bearded iris not only for their rabbit resistance, but also for their gorgeous frilly flowers (that are great for cutting) and for their sweet scent. Plus, the flowers appear in almost every color of the rainbow. Reblooming iris offer the extra advantage of blooming again in fall. Name: Iris varieties Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Height: 3 feet tall Zones: 3-9

Lamb's Ears

A wonderful ground cover for sunny spots, lamb's ears is adorned with softy fuzzy silvery leaves. This low-care plant is wonderfully drought resistant, too, so you can pretty much plant it and enjoy it. Though the leaves are its best feature, lamb's ears also produces spikes of pink flowers through the summer. Name: Stachys byzantina Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Height: 18 inches tall Zones: 4-8

Yarrow

Lovely yarrow is not just rabbit resistant, it's also a hardy, drought-resistant perennial. This rugged plant blooms through the summer in shades of yellow, pink, red, and white. The long-lasting blooms are beautiful in the vase and in the garden. Name: Achillea varieties Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil. Height: 2-3 feet tall Zones: 3-9, depending on variety

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