Which Plants Do Slugs Not Like to Eat?

Whilst it may seem that slugs are having a party in your garden, there are plants on which they are not so keen. Shrubs with hard stems or plants with with tough, hairy or waxy leaves are not so attractive to slugs as they are more difficult to chew. Similarly, plants which smell unpleasant to them or taste bitter will be left alone.

Slugs tend to leave London Pride alone

This is not a definitive list but these are plants which are commonly thought to be less attractive to slugs, although if they are hungry and they cannot find any of their favourites, then they may just try the odd nibble:

  • Alchemilla Mollis
  • Hardy Geranium
  • Asilbe
  • Peonies
  • Lavender
  • Dianthus
  • Salvia
  • Euphorbia
  • Agapanthus
  • Vibernum
  • Sedums
  • Echinacea
  • Anenome
  • Ferns
  • Saxifaga x urbium (London Pride)
  • Rudbeckia
  • Diacentra
  • Geum
  • Scabious
  • Astrantia
  • Campanula
  • Eryngium
  • Verbascum
  • Potentilla

If you are fond of summer bedding, then these plants are less attractive to slugs:

  • Pelargoniums
  • Begoniass
  • Cosmos
  • Antirrhinums
  • Fuchsias

And on the veg patch, there are veg which slugs will slide by so you can plant things like:

  • Onions
  • Leeks
  • Garlic
  • Red Cabbage
  • Red Lettuce
  • Sage
  • Parsley
  • Thyme
  • Marjoram

Which plants in your garden are left well alone by slugs? Do let me know in the comments or join the #slugweek chat on The Pink Wheelbarrow’s FacebookInstagram or Twitter page this week!

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