One of the best defenses against bulb-eating animals is mixing the bitter with the sweet: harsh-tasting alliums and daffodils, for example, intermingled with beds of predator-magnet tulips.
Here is a more extensive list of proven pest-resistant bulbs, courtesy of the Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center. All rank high on beauty and low on pest appeal, the center said (Zones 2-6 are represented in the North/Midwest U.S., including Minnesota):
• Chionodoxa or glory of the snow. Blooms late winter, early spring. USDA Zones 4-8.
• Crocus. Blooms late winter, early spring. Zones 4-8.
• Eranthis or winter aconite, a member of the buttercup family. Blooms late winter, early spring. Zones 4-7.
• Galanthus or snowdrop. Blooms late winter, early spring. Zones 4-8.
• Hyacinthus or hyacinth. Blooms mid-spring. Zones 4-8.
- Associated Press
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