The Q&A Archives: Perennials for front walkway

Question: I want to plant perennials along my front walkway, which is shaded nearly all day. I'm looking for bright flowers that bloom all summer long that are (this is very important) resistant to bunnies! The rabbits destroyed my hostas last year. Since this is along the foundation wall, I'm hoping to find something that's at least 15 inches high.

Answer: I wish there were something to recommend but bunnies will eat almost anything so you'll first have to deal with the rabbits before you decide on the plants.

There are a number of animal repellent sprays that help deter rabbits. Try 'Get Away' or 'Deer Away'. 'Deer Away' is efffective in deterring deer and rabbits and lasts 7-10 days without washing off. Natural scent repellents such as coyote and fox urine are also available. Or you can fence off the area. To be most effective, a 1" chicken wire fence needs to be 2 feet high and buried at least 6 inches deep around your flowers. Or, you can make your own animal repellent mixture by mixing a few teaspoons of cayenne pepper, and a dash of soap in a quart of water. Spray on the plants you want to protect. You can try to scare rabbits from your garden by burying empty pop bottles with the tops poking up a few inches above the ground. The eerie whistle that results when the wind blows can scare them away. Sprinkling blood meal, ground hot peppers or human or dog hair around plants is also sometimes effective. Good luck with your flowers!

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