Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Slug Proof Plants

Those of you who are regular readers will have been exposed to my frequent summer rants against slugs and snails. Then, I had a change of heart about the snails when I saw the wonderful photos by Vadim Trunov.



Now, I can hardly bring myself to dispatch these tiny, munching monsters but I still want flowers in my garden.  Thanks to the gardening guru, Carol Klein, I now have a shopping list of nearly slug-proof plants:



  • Aquilegias
  • Astilbes
  • Astrantias
  • Begonias
  • Crocosmias
  • Euphorbias
  • Ferns
  • Fuchsias
  • Grasses
  • Hardy geraniums
  • Hellebores
  • Hydrangeas
  • Japanese anemones
  • Lady's mantle
  • Lavenders
  • Lilium henryi
  • Pelargoniums
  • Penstemons
  • Roses
  • Sedums

  • Looking over my patch I realise I already have most of these plants growing in my garden.  I was so obsessed with the few munched specimens,(mostly veg) that I hadn't appreciated how successful the flower garden has been. I couldn't see the forest for the trees, as they say.

    If you are designing a new garden or just adding to your current plant collection, you might find this shopping list handy for making nearly slug-proof choices. It's certainly better than chucking the slug pellets around or going on midnight slug hunts.  Thanks Carol!

    3 comments:

    1. Since Speedy came into our lives and home, I have a new-found appreciation for snails. While I can't quite bring myself to call them "cute", seeing how happy Jess and Sara are with our hard-shelled pet has made me see the beauty in all things, including snails. :)

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      1. I know what you mean. I feel guilty if I squash a fly or spider. We are all God's creatures and deserve respect. I still scream and run away from spiders but I TRY not to squash them. : )

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    2. I am pretty much heartless when it comes to spiders. They don't stand a chance in my home. ;)

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