Bulbs that critters won’t like

I found this list today, on the Chicago Botanic Garden website. Very good info and thanks to them for posting it. And if you are in Chicago October 2, please go see this incredible garden and patronize their bulbs sale.

Many gardeners in the Chicagoland (or Idaho or anywhere else for that matter) face challenges with wildlife feeding in their gardens. We have developed the following list in hopes of helping you to select some varieties that are distasteful to deer and other pests.
Allium
Anemone
Arum italicum
Bulbocodium vernum
Chiondoxa
Colchicum
Dichelostemma
Fritillaria
Galanthus Geranium tuberosum
Hyacinthoides
Ipheion
Leucojum
Muscari
Nectaroscordum siculum
Narcissus
Ornithogalum
Scilla

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3 Responses to Bulbs that critters won’t like

  1. Diana says:

    That’s great, MA. I’m always looking for good lists of deer-resistant plants. Between the limitations placed on us by the heat, the drought, the clay soil AND the deer … well, lots gets eaten around here while I try out things that catch my fancy! I should have a list tattooed on my forearm before I shop.

  2. The above bulbs are the only bulbs that I will be planting in my garden for the next few years. My house is a weekend/retirement house, and backs onto the Niagara Escarpment. So there are tons of “critters” living in the forest there that would love to eat my bulbs. The nice thing is these bulbs will increase in the years before I move there.

  3. I’m a big fan of the critter-resistant bulbs. If it’s not the squirrels digging them up to take a bite, it’s the deer snacking on the leaves and buds. I’ve also had good luck with Crocus tommasinianus.

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