Stop the slugs eating flowers in your yard.
There are some beautiful plants that slugs don’t like to eat. Here is a planting tip that you may find really helpful if you are really plagued by the garden pest slug.
Control planting as a defense mechanism!
You probably don’t think so at the moment, but slugs are rather picky about what they eat. If you arrange your flower beds with careful planning before planting, you could protect some of the plants that are more attractive to slugs. Installing barrier plantings with plants that repel slugs would definitely be to your advantage.
It has been discovered that the astringent smell of Astrantia foliage is not to their liking. Slugs don’t like to eat Astrantia, nor do they want to pass through a row of them.
Most plants that stop slugs from eating your flowers won’t deal with the same planting conditions as hostas. However, this isn’t the only places gardeners have problems with slugs eating their plants. To assist you in halting the havoc in your garden or landscaping, here is a most amazing assortment of plants that slugs don’t like to eat.
Slug-Resistant Perennial Plants
Alchemilla mollis ~ Lady’s Mantle
Alstroemeria ~ Peruvian Lily, Arabis - Rock Cress, Armeria - Sea Pink
Aquilegia – Columbine, Arabis, Armeria,
Astilbe – Feather Flower , Bergenia – Pig Squeak, Cerastium – Snow-In-Summer
Cheiranthus, Wallflower, Crocosmia – Montbretia
Dianthus – Carnations/Pinks, Dicentra – Bleeding Heart
Digitalis – Foxglove
Echinacea - Coneflower
Euphorbia – Cushion Spurge, Ferns, Ornamental Grasses
Geranium – Hardy Geranium/Cranesbill, Hemerocallis – Daylily
Heuchera – Coral Bell
Unexpected surprise … Hostas are plants slugs don’t like to eat!
The green or gold leaf hostas including the variegated forms of these colored leaf perennials are a slugs idea of smorgasbord delights. The waxy coated leaves of this blue hosta are plants that slugs don’t like to eat.
Iberis – Candy Tuft, Iris, Lamium – Spotted Dead Nettle, Lavender,
Leucanthemum – Shasta Daisy, Nepeta – Catmint
Paeonia – Peony Tree and Peony Bush
Penstemon – Beard Tongue, Phlox subulata – Creeping Phlox
Phlox paniculata – Garden Phlox, Polemonium – Jacob’s Ladder
Pulmonaria – Lungwort, Rudbeckia – Black-Eyed Susan, Salvia – Meadow Sage
Scabiosa – Pincushion Flower, Sedum – Stonecrop
Stachys – Lamb’s Ears
Thalictrum – Meadow Rue, Verbascum – Mullein
Veronica – Speedwell, Vinca minor – Periwinkle
Hardy Shrubs & Vines
Azalea, Camellia, Ilex – Holly
Hydrangea, Potentilla, Rhododendron
Rosa – Roses, Viburnum – Snow Ball Bush
Slug control with plant selection is continual.
You will be able to enjoy hostas with no holes in the leaves after all when choosing the waxy coated blue hosta plants. Just remember that slugs are there for the moisture and the food. Space your plants farther apart and you take away the conditions they prefer. This allows light and airflow to change the environment in your planting beds.
Learning about the different approaches to getting rid of slugs in your garden can be really helpful to protect the plants that you love as much as the garden slug does. You’ll find all methods used to control slugs, both commercial and homemade discussed in Secrets of a Slug-Free Garden here on Lost In The Flowers.