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Question: I am attempting to grow in a hot, west-facing, raised planter against a cement wall.
Do the leaves dislike water on them?
The slugs and snails seem to love them.

I also put snapdragons and stock in this bed, and, so far, the stock seems slug-proof.
Is there a list of plants that they dislike?

Thank you.

Answer: Salvia prefers dry foliage so when you water, apply to the soil, not to the top of the plants. As for a list of plants slugs dislike, here are some reported to be successful - this list is compliled from various sources so your mileage may vary.
Sweet alyssum
Rosmarinus officinalis, Rosemary
Sweet William
Perennials, Grasses & Ferns
Alchemilla mollis, Lady?s Mantle
Alstroemeria, Peruvian Lily
Armeria, Seathrift/Sea Pink
Artemisia, Silver Mound/Wormwood
Aquilegia, Columbine
Astilbe, Feather Flower
Aubretia, Purple Rock Cress
Bergenia, Saxifraga
Cerastium, Snow-in-Summer
Cheiranthus, Wallflower
Crocosmia, Montbretia
Dianthus, Carnations/Pinks
Diascia, Twinspur
Dicentra, Bleeding Heart
Digitalis, Foxglove
Echinacea, Coneflower
Echinops, Globe Thistle
Epimedium, Barrenwort
Euphorbia, Cushion Spurge
Ferns Geum, Avens/Grecian Rose
Ornamental Grasses
Geranium, Cranesbill (Hardy Geranium)
Helleborus, Lenten Rose
Hemerocallis, Daylily
Heuchera, Coral Bells
Iberis, Candy Tuft
Lamium, Spotted Dead Nettle
Lavandula, Lavender
Leucanthemum, Shasta Daisy
Nepeta, Mint
Oreganum, Ornamental Oregano
Penstemon, Beard Tongue
Phlox subulata, Creeping Phlox
Phlox paniculata, Garden Phlox
Polemonium, Jacob's Ladder
Pulmonaria, Lungwort/Bethlehem Sage
Rudbeckia, Black-Eyed Susan
Salvia, Meadow Sage
Santolina, Lavender Cotton
Scabiosa, Pincushion Flower
Sedum, Stonecrop
Stachys, Lamb?s Ears
Verbascum, Mullein
Veronica, Speedwell
Vinca minor, Periwinkle/Myrtle
Yes, Hostas. I know they are a slug's dream food but most slugs do not bother certain varieties because of their thick or course foliage.
'Drinking Gourd'
'Big Daddy'
'Blue Plate Special'
'Blue Dimples'
tokudama 'Aureo-nebulosa'
tokudama 'Flavocircinalis'
Agapanthus, African Lily
Allium, Ornamental Onion
Hemerocallis, Daylily

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