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Slug proof plants?

I noticed GW published a link to ‘slug proof plants’ :

I was wondering if people agree, or have others to add to list.

I have found that Astrantia are NOT slug proof. It’s circumstantial evidence, but they certainly were munched in my garden. Agree with most of the others. 

I think I know why I inherited a garden full of Lavender, Crocosomia, Alchemilla, Geraniums, Fuschias, Hydrangeas and Astilbes… the previous owners knew about the list, and the army of slugs here! 

My garden and I live in South Wales. 


  • FireFire Posts: 18,146
    edited June 2022
    My sense is that slugs will eat anything if pushed. It depends what is on the immediate menu. And it depends on the individual garden. 

    Hellebores and cyclamen always decimated by slugs, shouldn’t be on the list. Sedum badly chomped by snails. This year my new Geranium Patricia has got chomped by slugs but the new Penstemon Dark Towers has been fine. I know other people’s penstemon have got knobbled. I have big problems with foxgloves, and even bushy salvia Blue Note got nibbled this year by slugs which really surprised me. 
  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 5,168
    I think that’s a good point @Fire as if there are slim pickings on the buffet menu then they may venture to non-favourites.

    One to add to the list - Erigeron. 

    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
  • FireFire Posts: 18,146
    Some of my Erigeron in the ground was eaten off to a stump. As ever, big, more mature plants stand a better chance.
  • Of the plants on that list: my foxgloves have been attacked but survived. The sole ajuga reptans that I bought last year was fine all summer but was chomped to bits at the end of autumn.
    Perennials that are untouched - geums, achilleas, penstemons (garnet), helianthemum, red valerian, sedum autumn joy. Annuals - calendula.
  • PlantmindedPlantminded Posts: 3,108
    Plant lots of ornamental grasses and they'll find neighbouring gardens much more attractive!  I've never experienced slug damage to Euphorbia either - yet!
    Wirral. Sandy, free draining soil.

  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    It's all a myth. I don't know why they keep publishing these lists, they must think we are half-witted.
  • FireFire Posts: 18,146
    I agree that these lists just raise expectations, like banging on about coffee grounds, egg shells, grit and copper rings. Determined, hungry snails and slugs with not be off put. 
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,506
    My garden is a slug haven, lots of wild, undisturbed areas, usually plenty of rain  and moisture retentive soil. Despite this I have little problem with slugs or snails (apart from the ones that get into the greenhouse).
    I did lose a young delphinium this year when it first appeared, but otherwise everything has been fine, even the hostas, though I don't obsess over the occasional hole. My daughter says that the wide diversity of wild plants and the way things grow, higgledy -piggledy all together, means that the slugs always have access to their favourite foods. A lone plant in isolation in bare soil is just asking to be eaten.
    Maybe she has a point!
  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    Don't kid yourself.  I have a field of wild plants next to me and my garden is as crowded and higgledy piggeldy as you could wish. If you live in an area with a high number of slugs you will have a problem. If you don't,  you won't. It has nothing at all to do with how you plant and not much to what you plant.
  • floraliesfloralies Posts: 2,592
    I thought the Zinnias with their rough leaves would be OK, the snails loved the lower leaves but now haven't touched them as they have grown taller, I will give a verdict on the smaller ones i am trialing later on!
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