Sleeping Beauties

If you can plant hope and joy, bulbs are the answer. These structures of plants store nutrients to ensure the plants' survival after a period of dormancy. Fall planted bulbs bring the first colors of spring, some popping up through the snow as new life. Plants from bulbs tend to be perennial, coming up year after year. Here are a few varieties that are more resistant to deer, rabbits, and squirrels.

Allium is an ornamental onion, often purchased in spring and summer as a plant for its height along the back of a border or its versatility in a cutting garden. Bulbs are fun to plant, and since allium comes in many varieties and is easy to grow, it is a favorite among gardeners of all ages. Children will enjoy comparing heights with Allium Globemaster and Allium giganteum. The purple and pink round globes on sturdy stems can be cut for a vase, dried, or left for winter garden display. Animals do not like the taste of these bulbs, so the blooms are sure to be showstoppers.

Daffodil Rip Van Winkle

Narcissus, or daffodils, are also pest resistant. A large yellow or white flower on a sturdy stem, narcissus bring cheer when planted in a grouping, and they look beautiful in a cut arrangement. Left in the ground after blooming, daffodils will multiply over the years.

Grape Hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum) are easy to grow, naturalize well and are also deer resistant. These purple clusters grow 6"-8" tall, making them the perfect companion for taller narcissus and daffodils.

Snowdrops (Galanthus), Scilla, Chinodoxa are also not as tasty of a snack but keep in mind that no plant or bulb is 100% deer or squirrel resistant. They will try anything especially if they are hungry!

The most well-known bulb is probably the tulip. They come in many sizes and colors and make quite a statement as the first show of color in spring but are a tasty treat for deer and squirrels. The smaller, naturalizing tulips like the Tulip Wildflower Mix is the most deer resistant.

Ways to deter animals from digging up tulip bulbs is to:

  1. Companion plant them with allium, narcissus, and grape hyacinth.

  2. Plant the bulbs inside of a chicken wire box at the correct depth for those particular bulbs, or lay chicken wire on top of the bed, extending it out and staking it down. Pack the dirt in well, making it more difficult to get to the goods.

  3. Apply a deterrent like Liquid Fence or Plantskyyd. These will have to be rotated because the critters eventually get used to the taste and reapplied because it will wash off in the rain.

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