What plants would be safe from the per­ils of rav­en­ous rab­bits?

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QI have a prob­lem with rab­bits eat­ing the plants placed around a loved one’s grave. What can I grow there that is ‘rab­bit-proof’?

Ma­jor PI Laughton, Pet­worth, West Sus­sex

ASadly, there are no such things as com­pletely rab­bit-proof plants as these an­i­mals tend to be in­quis­i­tive and will try any­thing new on the patch. The only sure way of prevent­ing them is pro­tect­ing the plants with rab­bit wire, but that is not an at­trac­tive propo­si­tion.

How­ever, the RHS does have prim­roses on its list of rab­bit-re­sis­tant plants, so that would def­i­nitely be some­thing you could plant that would look pretty. There might be some dam­age to new growth, but once the plants are es­tab­lished I sus­pect you will hardly no­tice it.

They don’t list erigeron, but I have gar­dened in places where rab­bits also live and the erigeron is so pro­lific I don’t think you’d have a prob­lem.

The RHS also lists the fol­low­ing plants (as well as be­go­nia, cy­cla­men and helle­bore) as be­ing rab­bit-re­sis­tant:

■ Ja­panese anemone, car­na­tions, aqui­le­gia, Michael­mas daisy, snap­dragon, for­get-me-not, Cal­i­for­nia poppy, fox­gloves, tulips, lily of the val­ley, snow­drops and vi­o­lets.

Pink fox­gloves Fox­gloves and Cal­i­for­nia pop­pies are two of the plants that are left alone by rab­bits Cal­i­for­nia pop­pies

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