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Most Slug Resistant Perennials?

GlenjjonesGlenjjones Posts: 141

Hi, I seem to have a significant number of slugs and snails in my garden, and after a few years of battling with them, I'm thinking of taking another approach. I would like to plant up the borders with fairly slug resistant plants, in hope that they will realise that there arent any tasty plants and eventually look elsewhere for a snack. Hopeful I know; ;)

Anyone have any suggestions on the most slug resistant perennials?

I've found that Lupins, Delphiniums, and Salvias seem to get annihilated when they are just emerging. Any advice is appreciated to minimise my trial and error approach, which can prove costly £££. :D



  • DampGardenManDampGardenMan Posts: 1,054
    For spring, hellebores seem pretty resistant. And for summer, evening primroses, campanulas, foxgloves and hardy geraniums. For autumn, sedums always survived for us.
  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy Posts: 5,991
    edited April 2019
    Heucheras & heucherellas aren't touched by slugs & snails but they do fall prey to vine weevil if you have them.

    AB Still learning

  • primroses, primulas, Damp gardenMan has some good suggestions that I would agree with too, also antirrhinums, sweet williams, most bulbs
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,531
    IME, slimeballs don't like anything aromatic.  Rosemary, thyme, cistus, geraniums, Anthemis, sage.
  • Peonies are unaffected in my experience. I'd also recommend ferns if they're didn't give such a good home to snails...also hardy fuschias are a good choice.
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  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,821
    The RHS website has an article on slugs, how they operate, which plants are most susceptible, trials on control and, at the end, a list of plants they don't like - 

    There is a similar article for snails - 
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  • edhelkaedhelka Posts: 2,278
    Crocosmia? Although I wouldn't recommend planting them to anyone. Maybe other plants with a similar type of foliage, like daylilies or hesperantha?
  • It's a much calmer way to garden!  There are lots of good suggestions here already.  Some others that I like, though a lot of these are not herbaceous they don't get too large: Hebe (quite a few compact and dwarf varieties exist too), Daphne (Transatlantica), Verbena, (Wild) Geraniums, Dianthus, Wallflowers, Cyclomen, Erica.  Abelia is nice too, that resists slugs.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,165
    Pulmonaria and penstemons seem to be left alone in my experience. 
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,413
    East Anglia, England
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