Stealth Planting


The Oenothera grandiflora Evening Primrose collected by William Bartram is one of my favorite plants to grow.  It is also a favorite of rabbits.

So I came up with a plan to do stealth planting, strategically putting the Primrose among plants rabbits don’t eat.  In the middle of the photo is one planted with Shrimp Plants.

In this photo a Primrose is planted with Salvia.  I bet you can’t even find it.

Rabbits never touch the Gulf Coast Penstemon and neither do I as they smell bad, but make up for that fact by being pretty.

The Primrose in the front yard are the tall plants that were surrounded by the Penstemon when they were small.  They look darn good.

Yup, I was feeling pretty clever thwarting those rabbits.  As it turns out, deer like the Primrose too and they start eating at the top.  The tall plants in the front yard were just about finished off by the deer (not the rabbits).

I guess I will have to count on the Evening Primrose I planted in pots, in a high planter, in the fenced in backyard.


22 Comments on “Stealth Planting”

  1. Pesky animals! I have a squirrel who is making it his business to dig up every plant in the back garden. If it’s not one thing, it’s something else.

  2. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Fences must be the only answer. I don’t plant Evening Primrose here as it would take over the whole garden!

  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Deer are driving me crazy, devouring things in the night. The hosta are stubs! 😦
    I think stealth planting is a great idea, even if it doesn’t work with deer.

  4. shoreacres says:

    This is a gorgeous primrose. The other species I’ve seen have been nibbled but not chomped — probably because they’re in locations like the beach, where insects are probably a greater threat than rabbits or deer. Another member of this family’s named for a fellow who explored and collected in early Texas: Berlandier’s sundrops. They’re pretty common down here, though a bit smaller. But they share that pretty yellow color!

    • This one was collected in Alabama and then grown in Philadelphia. It disappeared for a while, but I believe it has been found in the wild again. I don’t think it is as hardy of a grower as others.

  5. Deb says:

    Now that’s interesting…as I have primrose growing out along the pasture fence ,some are even growing in the pasture,deer nor rabbits bother it ,wonder what kind I have ? The flowers are very similar but the leaves are just a little different.

  6. Sheryl says:

    I wonder if stealth planting works with deer. I’m having a lot of problems with them eating my flowers.

  7. tonytomeo says:

    That gulf coast penstemon looks like our native. The color is indistinguishable. Ours does not smell bad though.

  8. carol says:

    I used to have squirrels who would chew my resin flower pots and even gnaw on the terra cotta ones. They were keeping their constantly growing teeth down (like rabbits) and also looking for salt. Who knew?

  9. pbmgarden says:

    Hope your Plan B using the container works for you.

  10. Now, why didn’t we think of that? We bought a cage for ours, so now the rabbits eat the tips of the leaves that lean outside the cage.

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