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Pest Proof Plants

Keep those bugs away!

Some insects, particularly those that pollinate, are beneficial to the garden and keep plants thriving. However, there are other creatures that we are less likely to welcome with open arms…

Certain species of wildlife can cause mayhem in their path. These troublesome critters range from hungry slugs and snails to sap-sucking aphids that can spread disease. From insects to mammals, larger animals like deer can also be troublesome depending on where you live, causing destruction to our precious plants.

Pest Proof Plants - Slugs and snails on leaves

It’s inevitable that outdoor spaces will never be entirely pest free, but thankfully, there are plants that can help keep pests at bay. After all, who wants to spend hours tending to their perfect plot for their efforts to be reversed?

Choosing varieties that are less tempting to common plant invaders will help reduce the risk of pests right from the start.

Our Top Pest Proof Plants

Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’

Whilst popular with pollinators, Catmint is a great addition to your garden to deter pests. ‘Walker’s Low’ is not only a must-have for keeping away those unwanted visitors but for a low maintenance landscape too. It will bloom continuously through its flowering season with the cutest blue, orchid-like flowers.

 Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’ - Pest Resistant Plants

Stipa tenuissima

Pest resistant and disease-free, Stipa tenuissima is an ornamental grass that is rabbit and deer tolerant. Ideal for softening a landscape, its thread-like leaves bear feathery panicles in summer which bring a graceful movement.

Stipa tenuissima - Pest resistant garden plants

Geum ‘Lady Stratheden’

This Geum is a recipient of the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit. A worthy award-winner, ‘Lady Stratheden’ is ideal for pollinators and pest resistant, whilst also being suitable for containers and cutting. With bright semi-double yellow flowers from mid-simmer, this welcome addition is sure to bring a joy to the garden that won’t have pests flocking.

Geum ‘Lady Stratheden’ - Pest resistant plants

Lavandula angustifolia ‘Rosea’ 

A hive of activity in the summer with bees, Lavander are a beloved cottage garden mainstay, grown for their instantly recognisable aroma. Highly fragrant, ‘Rosea’ is a popular shrub that delights gardeners and pollinators alike with a cloud of light pink flower spikes and evergreen leaves. Generally pest and disease free, Lavander are the perfect option for a sunny spot. Plant along a path or in containers on your patio or by a door to make the most of its scent.

Lavandula angustifolia ‘Rosea’ - Pest Resistant Plants

Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’

Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’ offers one of the longest flowering periods of its genus. Disease-free, it keeps weeds and pests at bay. A great plant for pollinators, its vibrant purple blossoms are attractive to butterflies. Plant this low maintenance variety in informal clumps amongst other herbaceous perennials for the best floral display.

Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’ Pest resistant plants


Looking for more inspiration? Switch swatting bugs away for sitting back and relaxing in your garden with our full collection of Pest Resistant Plants.

Happy gardening!